How a mining boom changed Turkey’s copper mining industry
Posted On July 14, 2021
Turkey’s central government is considering an emergency decree that would force companies to hand over the copper mines in the country’s north to state-owned copper mines.
The decree would also allow the government to buy up to 20% of the mines, the semi-official Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.
Turkey’s central bank has said it would buy up 10% of all mines, according to the countrys daily Hurriyet, but a spokeswoman said the government would buy the remaining mines for about $2.4 billion.
“We are preparing the necessary measures in case the state mines are sold, Hurriithes central bank chief Erol Çakır told a press conference, adding that the price of the state-controlled mines will not exceed $3.5 billion,” the Hurriity news agency quoted her as saying.
Turkey has been struggling to recover from a severe copper shortage and the government has faced criticism for the poor performance of the mining sector.
The crisis has forced the government and industry to look at privatizing mines and allowing the government, which is owned by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), to buy the mines outright.
“It is a difficult situation, but it’s the only option for the country, which has been facing a very bad crisis for years, with the loss of millions of jobs,” Turkish news website Algemeen Dagblad reported on Saturday.
“The central government will be the one to buy out the mines,” Erdoğan’s deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmuş told reporters on Sunday, according a Reuters report.
The proposed decree would require the state to sell at least 10% or more of the copper mine companies, but the government could still buy the mining assets, according Algemeiner.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during an election rally in Ankara on August 21, 2017.Reuters