Breaking the good news to participants over a dinner held in Van that Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan is expected to take a plane full of businessmen in the near future to make textile investments in the city, Meral stated the delegation will include businessmen from TUSKON to provide support for the government's “textile town” project, which is planned for the city. He noted the minister will discuss investment opportunities with the businessmen in line with a new incentive package that is being offered by the government. “I have already brought eight of Turkey's largest textile businessmen to Van for this dinner. We will hold meetings to further discuss the details of the investments,” he added.
Meral mentioned that he toured Van nine months ago, shortly after severe earthquakes hit the city, and said he had witnessed positive changes taking place during his current visit. Furthermore, Van Mayor Münir Karaloğlu stated that since the earthquakes the government has provided the 37,000 registered farmers in Van with TL 200 million worth of grants in addition to Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) loans, which total TL 250 million. He further stated that United Nations and European Union reports indicate the earthquakes in Van received the quickest humanitarian response of any other earthquake around the globe.