- Posted December 19, 2013 by
Could this be the Yemeni Module?
It’s inevitable that Turkey to become one of the top Ten Economic powers of the World, Turkey is already a G20 member and a powerful regional player, we all know the Turkish development plans, but this article will focus on “How Should The” bilateral relations between Turkey and Yemen be and the current Yemeni experience, let’s jump to the similarities between both countries which will be the core of this article.
Turkey and Yemen have a long shared history, both countries affected each other either directly or indirectly such effect can be seen and touched everywhere in Turkish coffee, Music, Literature, to some Yemeni Dialects, names and many Yemenis go back to Turkish roots themselves but most importantly they share something unique an excellent geographical locations, the Bosporus and Bab Al Mandap!
Istanbul has been the center of the Turkey's economic life because of its location as an international junction of land and sea trade routes (now Air). In 2012 the City of Istanbul had a GDPof $332,4 billion. In 2005, companies based in Istanbul made exports worth $41,397,000,000 and imports worth $69,883,000,000; which corresponded to 56.6% and 60.2% of Turkey's exports and imports.
Istanbul is one of the most important tourism spots of Turkey. There are thousands of hotels and other tourist oriented industries in the city, catering to both vacationers and visiting professionals. In 2006 a total of 23,148,669 tourists visited Turkey, most of whom entered the country through the airports and seaports of Istanbul and Antalya The total number of tourists who entered Turkey through Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul reached 5,346,658, rising from 4,849,353 in 2005. This number increased to 10.5 Million in 2011 with the booming Turkish tourism. In 2011, Istanbul's two international airports handled more than 50 Million passengers.
On the other hand Yemen has no remarkable achievements in investing in its own geographical treasures and tourism industry, Yemen can be the gateway of Africa exporting to GCC markets, Saudi Arabia, Northern Arab states and Central Asia from Africa and vice versa, A causeway linking Africa with Asia can do miracles by decreasing the prices of the goods and increasing trade volume, African exports and imports are increasing and Turkey again is the biggest example with success in Africa, Bab Al Mandap, Aden are true treasures that need immediate investments and serious leaders to develop them, tourism sector need to develop as well and show the world a more than 3000 Years old civilization,I realize that there are many internal challenges in Yemen, but I’m confident this is just a temporary phase that will fadeaway, after that a serious plan of development is required then Yemen will be a worldwide Sea, Land and Air hub.
I hope that a cooperation between Yemeni officials and Turkish counterparts on highest levels to help modernize and sustain the development in Yemen in all directions, after all the Turkish Module fits Yemen precisely.