Oktay: 96 percent of the Diyanet’s budget consists of personnel, salary and SGK premium expenses.


Discussions on the 2022 budgets of the Presidency and its affiliates started in the Planning and Budget Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Vice President Fuat Oktay made a presentation on the 2022 budget and final accounts of the Presidency and related institutions and organizations affiliated to the Presidency and the reports of the Court of Accounts at the Planning and Budget Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Oktay stated the following in his presentation:

“The budget proposal that we will discuss forms the basis of the activities of the Executive, which aims to produce and implement the most correct policies for our country under the leadership of our President, in the face of global effects such as the COVID-19 epidemic, rapid digitalization and climate change. 7 presidencies directly affiliated to the Presidency, 1 general secretariat, 4 offices and 9 policy boards constitute the effective policy design and implementation mechanisms of the presidential government system.Our policy boards have prepared 75 reports and policy documents that guide all our decision-making mechanisms in 2021, and 19 more policy documents are currently in progress. Another important work of our Digital Transformation Office this year is the National artificial intelligence strategy, which was published on August 24, 2021. By realizing the goals in our strategy document, in which the steps we will take in artificial intelligence are clearly stated, We aim to increase the contribution of artificial intelligence to our country’s GDP to 5 percent in 5 years and to increase the employment of artificial intelligence specialists to 50 thousand people.

“37 investment projects started to operate”

The Presidency Investment Office carries out studies to increase international investments in our country and to encourage investment in our country for economic growth and development goals. Within the framework of investment support and promotion activities carried out at the international level by the Investment Office; In 2020, 37 investment projects with a total value of 1 billion 346 million 800 thousand dollars became operational. Of these projects, 25 are greenfield investments, 4 are expansion investments and 8 are mergers and acquisitions, and belong to 17 countries, mainly Germany, Spain, Japan, France and Italy. In addition, 2 thousand 838 people were employed with these projects. In the first ten months of 2021, a total of 17 investment projects with a total value of 664 million 100 thousand dollars became operational. The realized projects belong to 10 countries, mainly Germany, Qatar, USA, France and Japan, 12 of which are greenfield investments, 3 are expansion investments and 2 are mergers and acquisitions. Within the scope of these projects, 3 thousand 986 people were employed.

Religious budget

The Directorate of Religious Affairs, which is responsible for carrying out the works related to the belief, worship and moral principles of the religion of Islam and enlightening the society with correct religious information; It offers the scientific accumulation and values ​​of Islamic civilization for the benefit of the changing and transforming social structure. In 2021, the Presidency delivered 2 million 952 thousand 130 printed publications in 13 different categories, 187 thousand 750 of which were first editions, to our citizens free of charge. It opened 523 e-books downloaded 1.6 million times, 505 audio content, mostly audiobooks, as well as 772 videos promoting the universal messages of Islam and Turkish-Islamic civilization to digital access. The final account expense of the Presidency of Religious Affairs, which provides religious services to our nation, including our citizens living abroad, for 2020 is 10 billion 930 million 391 thousand liras. The appropriation for 2021 is 12 billion 977 million 926 thousand liras and the appropriation amount proposed for the 2022 budget is 17 billion 98 million 580 thousand liras with an increase of 24 percent. 96 percent of the budget consists of personnel, salary and social security premium expenses.

5 million 237 thousand 723 applications to CIMER

As of November 2021, 5 million 237 thousand 723 applications were made to the Communication Presidency CIMER system, which mediates the citizens to convey their requests, suggestions and complaints to the management quickly and easily, and the response rate of these applications was 87 percent. Despite the increase in the number of applications due to the epidemic, the average processing time was 16 days.

Defense industry

Meeting the weapons, equipment and similar needs of our army and other security units with domestic and national means; Our Defense Industry Presidency continues its activities in order to carry out modernization and technology development activities. A revolution has taken place in the defense industry under the leadership of our President. The number of companies operating in the defense industry sector has exceeded 1,500, and our defense industry has turned into a large ecosystem that develops its own unique products with its worldwide contractors, SMEs, research institutions, technology and industry clusters and universities. Today, new combat tactics and strategies that we apply with our unmanned aerial vehicles all over the world and the game-changing effect of Turkish products on the field are discussed. The contributions of our defense industry are great in the operations carried out by our security forces both at home and abroad. In 2021, the deliveries of our AKINCI and AKSUNGUR unmanned aerial vehicles, which have high payload capacity and long airtime, have started and the deliveries of our ATAK helicopter are continuing. In the field of air defense, the HİSAR A system has been delivered with all its elements, and mass production has begun in the HİSAR O Project, which destroys a high-speed target at long range and high altitude in warhead firing. Block-1 tests of our SİPER system have been started. Delivery of our armored tactical vehicles to our security forces continues and mine tests of the Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle have been successfully completed. Within the scope of the New Type Submarine Project, the 1st Submarine Piri Reis was launched. In our Unmanned Ground Vehicles, more than 100 vehicles were delivered in 7 different configurations in the light class, and 4 different configurations on which weapons can be mounted on the medium class. In 2021, our defense industry has made significant progress in engine technology. BATU, our first engine with 1,500 horsepower, which was developed to meet the power needs of our tanks and various armored vehicles, was successfully fired and its tests started. Our 1000 hp engine UTKU has been successfully operated for light armored combat vehicles, heavy armored vehicles and Storm Howitzers. Ships, boats, target aircraft, training aircraft and helicopters were added to the success achieved with TB2 and Anka in our defense industry exports. Our armored land vehicles and various gunboats are widely used, especially in Asia and Africa. in 2022; HİSAR O infrared guided missile deliveries will be completed, SUNGUR portable low-altitude air defense missile, AKYA war torpedo, MAM-T and ATMACA deliveries will be started, land-firing tests of the vertical launch system will be carried out. In the New Type Submarine Project, the 2nd Submarine will be towed to the pool, armored vehicles For the first time, it will be delivered with a domestic engine. In 2021, a total of 120 million 63 thousand lira appropriation was allocated to the Presidency of Defense Industry, and a total of 153 million 974 thousand lira appropriation was foreseen for 2022.


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