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D-8 and Barter Prospectives: Interview with Prof.Mehmet Akif Okur

  1. Why should barter be made between D8 countries?
  2. What will be the gains of D8 countries if Barter is made?
  3. How the system will operate as customs and legislation are the most important problems and issues.
  4. (How) Each country has different customs legislation. For example, how the traded goods will pass from Turkey to Malaysia, from Nigeria to Pakistan when arrived at the the customs? Legislational changes are very important to ease the comfortable passage of the goods from the customs.
  5. (When):2019 will be a very important year for the whole world. We can talk about the possibility of war peaking. After sharing all the trump cards in 2019, we can see that they will establish a new world order by 2025What should we do in these tough conditions?

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; Very important questions Levent Bey, I consult with friends that I think may contribute to the subject. We will find out experts support as described below. Namely:

  1. We need an economist who knows the quality and potential of internal trade between D8 countries. The main items are what the country is buying, what it sells? Will the Barter among the D8 countries change the direction of some of this commercial flow by offering more attractive opportunities than trade with third countries, or will it develop new trade opportunities by activating some decentralized capacities? For data and comments on these questions, we need the help of an academician and the economy bureaucracy, which is particularly focused on this field. We should test the evaluations of the economist academician with the experience and data of the bureaucracy / bureaucrat. We have to interpret the bureaucracy’s data to the economist.
  2. We need a good trade lawyer who knows Barter for legislation. Because the legislation, the technical dimension is an important issue. What kind of a law and regulations are needed? What laws will be required to comply with the general trade legislation of the Barter legislation to be created? For the general framework, we can look at the legislation of successful countries to the barter in the world. For details, we need to bring together a commercial lawyer with an economist-bureaucrat duo who I mentioned above. It would be appropriate to point out the text from this triangle to a name from the bureaucracy, which is also a practice of writing legislation.
  3. The third bet is about the diplomatic aspect of the matter. Is it necessary to propose a joint legislation to the D8 countries, or it is necessary to seek a consensus for a common system by identifying specific principles and inviting the negotiations? Some countries may wish to enter the system in some commercial items, enter late, enter into legislation with certain differences. This is a common issue in the discussions on trade agreements. Considering such possibilities, a diplomatic strategy will be required. In my opinion, the first thing that should be done for a healthy start is to call these expertise rings as people and institutions. Because, if this frame is basic and we try to sit and prepare it, it is highly probable that we will make mistakes that will shake the image of the project.

Levent Ağaoğlu; I am grateful, you have opened the way deep and wide. Since there is no customs union, we will have to work in individual countries. If we can find the experts, this will be done.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; I would like to thank you, Mr. Levent, if you had not put the concrete questions before us, it would not be possible to think about the frame.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; This work was done in 2013. If trade between the D8 countries was liberalized, they concluded that the trade between these countries would increase by 87%. However, there is no study on about barter. In order to run barter system within D8, clear data on trade items of the countries are needed. This is probably not available.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; It may be useful to consult with the Commercial Lawyer and the bureaucrat duo academicians who will help with the legislation writing about the barter.

For months, Europeans have been discussing the implementation of the so-called “Vehicular ad hoc network (VANETs) icular, a sort of icular barter” system for the purpose of penetrating the American sanctions. The aforementioned mechanism envisions the exchange of oil and gas exports between Iran and Iran’s EU trade and services.

Levent Ağaoğlu;

D8 Share In Turkey’s Exports (2017):

  • Indonesia  9.2%
  • Egypt      9%
  • Malaysia   6.8%
  • Pakistan   6.5%
  • Iran        5.8%
  • Nigeria                 5.5%
  • Turkey                   4.5%
  • Bengladesh 3%

Source: Trademap


Unfortunately we are at the bottom, although we are the initiator of D8.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; Our total export to D8 is almost as much as we do to France. We are not followers of our claims ..

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; I am sorry for the result.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; In order to change this balance with Barter;

  1. These countries need market research and analysis based on countries looking for answers to the question
  2. When the existing potentials are determined, the role of the barter can be determined and the interlocutors must be reached and explained

It is not enough to install the system and wait for the customer. It is necessary to explore commercial potentials and to actively engage

It is necessary to work integrated with trade attaches in these countries. There is also a need for trade attaches to be equipped with active and strong staff.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; Special taxation-related incentives for the use of Barter in international trade between D8 can accelerate the establishment of the first commercial links. Once these connections are established, incentives can be removed gradually

Levent Ağaoğlu: In the current situation, D8 is an organization. As Turkey, we can inject the dynamism of entrepreneurship into this structure.

Levent Ağaoğlu: EU mechanisms are always being run with incentives. D8 can activate our common denominator.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; There is a need for a method that can work. Regarding the Barter system, as far as I can understand, the inclusion of the first critical threshold firms in the pool. To include companies from eight different countries into the pool;

  1. There is a need for a source of information that will enable them to evaluate the law they are subject to in the countries where they operate and the firms that will apply / be invited to pool.
  2. There is a need for the legal procedures to be determined during the dispute and to be legally guaranteed.
  3. The next stage is the process of contact with the companies and the incentive to join the pool

Levent Ağaoğlu; Since Turkish Barter companies have been creating a pool that has been running without leakage for several decades, it offers the right method in an orderly manner. For a, b, c, we need to be proactive.

Prof Mehmet Akif Okur; Hopefully. Since my experience in trading life is almost in the affair, my thoughts and solutions are limited. The road map that the experience points to is safer and more important

Source: Interview with Prof Mehmet Akif Okur.

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