Speech of Minister of Transport and Communications
Speech of Turkish Minister of Transport and Communications: Mr. Binali YILDIRIM is now on-line
During the 5th E&E Congress that was held from 13 to 15 June in Istanbul the Turkish Minister of Transport and Communications: Mr. Binali YILDIRIM gave an excellent speech during the Opening session of the Congress. He explained the importance of roads in a globalised and changing world. ““Roads” are civilization, culture; they are our voyage, economy, history, love, meetings and where longing becomes uniting”. “What our blood flowing through our veins mean for life, the roads mean for culture, civilization and humankind”.
He explained the benefits of having a good road network and that the dual carriageway roads are ‘saving lives’ because of better traffic safety.
Regarding capital investments, he mentioned that these are hard issues now; they need so much money. “The income for it is not direct and not visible. Infrastructure investments are seen as hard and perceived as a money-consuming sector by the budget-makers. But never forget: if there were no ‘infrastructure and roads’, there would be no budget, no turnover; no welfare; nothing if you do not invest in infrastructure. Thus, first you need a road infrastructure in order to proceed with profitable business”.
In his speech he also addressed Warm Mix Asphalt, recycling and much more. The entire speech can be downloaded from this website. It is worth reading it; from the first line until the last one.
Click here for the document of the speech.