WE HAVE TO BUILD A PRODUCTION-BASED ECONOMY
Speaking at the event of "High Maturity Software" organized by TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, the President of Information and Communication Technologies Authority Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan said that “Together, we have to build a technology production-based economy by creating cooperation. Only in this way, it will be possible for us to reach the goal of becoming one of the world's top 10 economies in 2023.”
The President of ICTA Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, attended the event of "High Maturity Software" organized by TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. A. Arif ERGİN and public information managers, experts and sector representatives attended to the ICTA hosted event.
NOT THE CONSUMERS BUT PRODUCERS WILL BE ONE STEP AHEAD IN THE INFORMATION SECTOR
Stating that the capability of designing, developing and producing in the high technology field which is in the communication sector has a great importance in the economic development of the countries, Sayan said that “with the impact of technological developments, the importance of the information sector will be felt more in the coming years and not the consumers but the people who are producing, the organization, the company and even the states, in the information sector, will be one step ahead of the others. Communication technologies will increase the competitiveness of our country in vertical sectors such as transportation, health, industry and will also bring the sectors out of the usual patterns. For this reason, we should not think communication technologies in classical sense.”
WE HAVE TO BUILD A TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTION-BASED ECONOMY
Underlining that you cannot have a word in the world in the long run using the products produced by others, Sayan states that “in the past few months our Institution published the last quarter report for 2016. According to this report, we see that the total amount of investment made in 2016 by the private sector in electronic communication sector is 7.4 billion TL. In the present case, a large part of the investment amount in this volume goes abroad as the provision of our imports. If we want to catch our targets, we must stop to this situation. Together, we have to build a technology production-based economy by creating cooperation. Only in this way, it will be possible for us to reach the goal of becoming one of the world's top 10 economies in 2023. To achieve this goal, we need to reach a position that produces high value added products by producing technology.
ICTA WORKS WITH DOMESTIC AND NATIONAL VISION
Reminding the President's vision for the future of the electronic communication sector in the process of preparation of the 4.5G tender conducted by ICTA in 2015, Sayan said that “within the framework of this vision that targets a telecommunication sector having its own R&D and higher domesticity, with the 4.5G authorization tender held in 2015, mobile operators are obliged to meet at least 10% of their network and communication services investments from products manufactured by our SMEs in Turkey and at least 45% from products with Domestic Goods Certificate, for the first time. With these new obligations that we have brought as an institution, it is aimed to prevent both the national resources of our country from going abroad and to be an important agent in the producer position in the world with our own resources.”
I AM EXPECTING POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION FOR OUR SECTOR FROM TÜBİTAK
Asserting that in this period, the government started almost a mobilization in terms of domestication and nationalization in sectors such as defense and communication with critical prescription, mobilization Sayan indicated that “everyone has important tasks at this point. Our government, which aims at achieving this goal, supports producers' firms in many different channel by funding their various needs for R&D and innovation projects to produce, document, promote and market. TÜBİTAK is at the head of public institutions providing support. TÜBİTAK, with its vision and R&D culture, performs very important tasks in the creation of an innovative and sustainable industry in the field of science and technology in our country. If I am not mistaken, through 12 programs opened in TÜBİTAK-TEYDEB, entrepreneurs, SMEs and large industrial organizations in various areas are supported. If we talk about the electronic communication sector which is in our institution, TÜBİTAK has been calling for research on 4.5G and 5G mobile communication technologies in the past. As I mentioned before, the importance of the communication sector is that its interaction with the vertical industry make it very clear how the work of domestication and nationalization in this sector makes sense. In this context, I think that positive discrimination should be made in project applications for sectoral projects in support of TÜBİTAK.”
Sayan, thanks to everyone who contributed to the "High Maturity in Software" event organized by TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, ended his speech.