Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that the country is planning to make 2021 a year of recovery and reforms in various domains.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of a bridge in the country’s east, Erdogan said the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party had identified various areas where reforms were needed.
“At a time when the global political and economic order has been shaken to its roots, we should work harder to take our country to the point where it deserves to be,” the president asserted.
“We want to make 2021 a year when we leap forward. That is what we are now preparing for.”
He underlined the success of Turkey’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and its efforts to mitigate the economic effects of the global crisis.
“We mobilized all of state resources to protect the nation’s health as well as our citizens’ jobs and future,” said Erdogan.
Speaking about the COVID-19 vaccination efforts, he said Turkey’s locally produced vaccines will be ready for rollout by April.
“I believe the start of the vaccination drive will mark an important step forward in our struggle against the coronavirus [pandemic],” he added.