In 2018, the mining sector’s exports were realized as 26.3 million tons in amount and 4.56 billion dollars in value. Compared to the previous year, although the sector’s exports increased by 6.63 % on the basis of value, decreased 2.72 % in value basis.
As the sector, we aim to maintain our current position in 2019. We will continue working towards increasing our exports, as a measure against sectoral hurdles. The main task of exporters’ associations is to increase exports. We will continue to our sectoral trade delegation organizations, which we started in November 2018. We will organize sectoral trade committees every two months to target countries. In the last 6 months, we have conducted trade delegations for 5 countries. For next year, we will also organize trade delegations to Nigeria, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Germany, the USA, the People’s Republic of China, India, the UK, Qatar, Australia and other countries. In addition to protecting our existing markets, activities to increase exports to new markets are among our priorities. As İMİB, in order to introduce Turkish stone to the world, and make it a brand name worldwide, we will continue to participate in activities abroad with the “Turkish Stones” motto.
Within the scope of the financial problems experienced by the sector, the National Mining Resource and Reserve Reporting Commission was established. Through the reports prepared here, it is aimed to provide finance from financial institutions. With the Mining Law, the cancellation of licenses must be made complicated, so that financial institutions can accept licenses as assurance. As the mining industry, we strive to be in every area that human beings need. On the other hand, sustainable mining is very important for us. In this context, with the cooperation of the ministry, we are working on the importance and financial structure of marble along with sustainable mining. We know that; production is necessary for export and incentives are necessary for production. We have to work hard in 2019 and the following years in order to reach the targets set for 2023. We advocate the necessity of creating the mining law together with the sector. Quarries are also important such as the industrial organizations for Turkey’s economy. For this reason, at this point, it is necessary to realize investments and to increase government incentives for sustainable mining.