Aksaray Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Cüneyt Göktaş conveyed his request to M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, that the state should benefit from the latest grant support for their companies.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the grants to be given to the tradesmen and merchants due to the closure should be added to their companies in the past days, ATSO President Göktaş said; “In the past weeks, we have made a call to the point that hundreds of companies in many sectors have experienced economic difficulties as a result of our state's complete closure due to the epidemic and that it is necessary to provide grant support and even 6 months non-refundable loan support.
As a result of the calls we made, with the Presidency Decree No. 3998, grant support was provided to Tradesmen and Craftsmen and Real Person merchants. However, according to the decision taken, it is seen that our real person merchant members benefit from the sectors adversely affected by the pandemic, according to Nace activity codes, while our members who have the same Nace code cannot benefit from the grant support.
For example, while our real person members who are involved in the Driving School or the Novelty Trade are receiving support, our members with Company status cannot receive this support. Here, our state should support without separating it as tradesmen, real persons and companies. That is to say, among our members, there are dozens of members whose income and expenses are the same as the real person. We have conveyed this situation to our TOBB President, M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, in order to make them uncomfortable with this situation and to convey the complaints to us. What our state should do here is not to distinguish our companies that are in a difficult situation just because they have company status, and at least they should offer grant support by looking at their capital and financial records. I hope this request will be fulfilled and our companies will take a little breath in these difficult days by receiving grant support, ”he said.