Legislative reforms to make Turkey a high-tech producer
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 18, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 18, 2016 12:00 am
According to Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işık, Turkey doesn't just want to be a purchaser and consumer of technology it wants to be recognized as a developer and exporter of technology. "It is showing its will in becoming a country that also improves the welfare of its citizens," said Işık.
Işık announced that the ministry is targeting the completion of four reform packages in the next few months and that one of these packages is a research and development reform package. He also added that they are working on related regulations and arrangements for implementation of the package.
"Hopefully, we will decide on a time in the next week suitable to meet with the deputy prime minister in charge of economy and our finance minister to discuss problems and issues that we may encounter regarding the implementation of the Research and Development Reform Package," said Işık, adding that there is unanimity from all of the government regarding the implementation of these four reform packages.
The second reform package will be a Production Reform Package, while the third is Patent Law. Işık stated that the ministry was currently extremely busy preparing these packages and their target is to collect all decrees with the power of law regarding geographical signs, utility models, branding, et cetera, which are currently managed by these decrees with the power of law under one common law.
The fourth reform package will be to reorganize the Scientific and Technological Research Center of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), which since the foundation of Turkey has assumed a critical role in Turkey's scientific development.
Işık noted that restructuring TÜBİTAK has become necessary "and currently preliminary works regarding a crucial workshop in this respect are ongoing and a major workshop is to be organized soon. The target of the workshop is to ensure that TÜBİTAK assumes a key responsibility as a support mechanism," Işık stated, adding that, "whether or not TÜBİTAK should continue its role as a support of other mechanisms will also be opened to discussion."
He underlined that Turkey need a new leap forward, as it has been stuck in the so-called "middle income trap" for the past three to four years and development is inadequate. "This leap forward can only occur when second generation reforms are implemented by Turkey," added Işık.