The aim of the delegation is to share the Swedish Vision Zero Initiative approach to road safety thinking in Turkey. Road safety efforts in Turkey offer lucrative business opportunities for Swedish companies. Business Sweden, cordially invites you to participate in a two-day program in Ankara and Istanbul on the 27th – 28th of May 2013.
During a two-day program in Ankara and Istanbul, the delegation is planned to have matchmaking meetings, round table discussions with the high level representatives from the relevant ministry and the public authorities. Networking receptions at the Consulate of Sweden and site visits will also be included in the program.
After the delegation May 29-31 you have the opportunity to visit intertraffic Istanbul - The leading exhibition for Eurasia and the Middle East in the traffic and transport industry.
Main targeted counterparts for the delegation in Turkey are: responsible ministries, related decision-making public authorities, public institutions involved in the sector as end users, private companies involved in the sectors as end users, potential partners and distributors. Learn more about the delegation program here.
About 10,000 lives are lost and 200,000 people are injured every year in road traffic accidents in Turkey. This translates into a road traffic fatality rate of 13 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Addressing the high fatality rate in road traffic is a priority issue on the agenda of the Turkish government, as the new “Traffic Safety Strategy and Action Plan” circular issued in July 2012 indicates.
Business Sweden and Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration) have jointly developed the concept of a Vision Zero Initiative, advocating a Swedish approach to road safety. This initiative places the main burden for safety on system design. Similar approaches to road safety issues are gaining momentum in most developing economies such as Turkey, which confront growing road safety challenges as the economy grows.
Turkey is the 16th largest economy in the world with a real average annual GDP growth rate of 5.2% between 2002-2011. With 8.5% annual GDP growth rate in 2011, Turkey is second only to China in terms of being the fastest growing economy in the world and is ranked first in Europe. According to the OECD, Turkey is expected to be the fastest growing economy of the OECD members during 2011-2017. By 2023, population is estimated to surpass 85 million and the demand of transport is estimated to be 625 billion tones-km and 500 billion passenger-km.
To meet the demand in road transport and achieve the safety targets set in Traffic Safety Strategy and Action Plan, the Turkish authorities plan several projects in the focus areas of Vision Zero Initiative.
The key drivers within the focus areas of the Vision Zero Initiative are
- Infrastructure In 2012, the Turkish government allocated a budget of about SEK 23 billion to the General Directorate for Turkish Highways. This represents a 12% increase from 2011, indicating that road infrastructure is high on the government’s agenda.
- Vehicle technologyTurkey is the leading bus producer and the third largest producer of light commercial vehicles in Europe. The automotive industry in Turkey represented an export value of USD 11 billion in 2010 and meets all EU quality and safety standards as of today.
- Control and surveillanceThe electronic control and surveillance systems are planned to be expanded to all urban roads and motorways by the end of 2020 in order to enhance effective traffic control and hence, to prevent traffic violations. The 30% of all revenue obtained from traffic violations will be allocated to the improvement of traffic safety measures.
- Services and education As part of the EU harmonization process, trainings and examinations required to obtain a driver’s license will be restructured according to the EU standards. In addition, it is planned that 35% of overall traffic police force will receive annual trainings on accident analysis, risk analysis, safety expertise, and radar systems.
- Promote Swedish products, services and solutions towards key private and public stakeholders active within the road safety area
- Present strong business opportunities
- Providing a solid understanding of the road safety area in Turkey
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