Skip to main content

Will foreign investment in Turkey return to pre-crisis levels?

Foreign direct investment is rising in Turkey and expected to reach $16 billion by the end of the year and eventually the pre-2008 crisis level of $20 billion.
A man enters the Bourse Istanbul in Istanbul December 17, 2013. Turkey's Bourse Istanbul could acquire a minority stake in Nasdaq OMX Group as part of a tie-up that will involve the Turkish exchange using Nasdaq's market technologies, its chairman Ibrahim Turhan said on December 31, 2013. Bourse Istanbul will buy stock trading and clearing software and infrastructure from Nasdaq OMX and will be able to use and resell the software in 25 countries, in a move designed to attract more trade from the world's lea
Read in 

As Europe recovers from the impact of the 2008 economic crisis, so does Turkey. The recovery is visible in many aspects, including the increase in exports and the stock market’s rise to pre-crisis levels. Another major indicator of the Turkish economy’s growing output strength is the accelerated inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI).

In contrast to foreign funds that go to short-term bond and stock market investments before moving out at first opportunity, foreign direct investors put money in manufacturing and services, making a lasting positive impact on the host country’s economy by building factories and creating new jobs. Hence, FDI is the most desirable form of investment and has been on the rise in Turkey this year. The statistics point to a trend that may eventually reach the pre-crisis level of $20 billion.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.