Within the scope of the “Supporting Small Businesses Affected by the Earthquake Grant Program” carried out by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Malatya, a contract was signed with the companies that were eligible to receive grants.
UNDP Turkey Resident Representative Louisa Vinton commemorated those who lost their lives in the earthquake at the ceremony held at Malatya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MTSO).
Stating that they are making efforts to revitalize the region, Vinton said that small businesses are trying to survive in this process. Vinton thanked the business owners.
Pointing out the importance of small businesses, Vinton said, “Small businesses are actually the heart of the economy. The change made in small businesses will actually play an important dynamic role in the recovery of the economy of the whole city.” said.
Stating that they will work to bring more resources to the region, Vinton continued as follows:
“We will be distributing grants to 842 businesses in Malatya with a support of over 1.5 million dollars, but at the same time, we will be supporting 4 thousand 622 businesses with 10 million dollars in our 11 provinces. The support we provide to Malatya is not limited to this grant program only. We are different institutions. “We carry out our activities with organizations and institutions. We carry out many projects in Malatya regarding solid waste management, building and designing centers for the disabled, and also developing digital skills.”
MTSO President Oğuzhan Ata Sadıkoğlu also said that they are with their members and the public for the recovery of the city after the earthquake.
Noting that 27 thousand 500 independent workplaces were heavily damaged and about to collapse in the earthquake, Sadıkoğlu said, “The support they will give is promising. It is important that it is a grant and there is no repayment. 27 thousand 500 independent workplaces were heavily damaged and about to be collapsed due to the earthquake, 10 thousand 600 members of our chamber, “All of our members were directly and indirectly affected by the earthquake.” he said.
Following the speeches, contracts were signed with the companies that were eligible to receive grants.
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