GAP Action Plan

What Is GAP Action Plan?

GAP Action Plan aims to speed up the investments under the Southeastern Anatolia Project and complete a major portion of them until the end of 2012, to increase the well being, peace and happiness of our citizens living in the region by ensuring economic growth, social development and increase in employment.

GAP Action Plan is prepared completely by participatory methods and by taking into consideration the demands and recommendations of the local community. “Economic and Social Council Meetings” chaired by State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nazım Ekren were held in each GAP province. Regional Members of the Parliament, local authorities, high rank bureaucrats, local representatives, representatives of industry and trade chambers and non-governmental organisations have attended these meetings. In the meetings all participants were recognised and their views and recommendations were noted. Separate evaluation meetings were held in Ankara with the Regional Members of the Parliament, bureaucrats and media representatives. Then the public institutions were asked to determine their investments and projects that should be included within the scope of the GAP Action Plan. GAP Action Plan is prepared in a realistic and feasible manner as a result of approximately 8 months work, by considering the demans and recommendations of all parties.

4 development axes and under these axes 73 main actions are defined within the scope of the GAP Action Plan. Number of the projects and activities within the framework of main actions is over 300.

The institution that will implement each action under the plan, the institutions and organisations that will be cooperated, the dates between which the action will be implemented and above all the amount of resources that will be required are identified. More importantly measures were taken and legal regulations were made in order to meet the resource requirement.

Axes of the GAP Action Plan

In the GAP Action Plan,

  • Implementing Economic Development
  • Ensuring Social Development
  • Improving Infrastructure
  • Development of Institutional Capacity

Are the four strategic development axes. There are 73 main actions under the axes and as of the provinces more than 300 projects and activities within the framework of these actions.

  1. Implementing Economic Development
    • Growth Poles Programme will be implemented,
    • Incentive policies will be reformulated in line with the regional potentials,
    • Natural and cultural assets of the region will be developed, tourism infrastructure will be improved, tourism will be diversified and attraction centers will be established,
    • Support will be provided to agricultural enterprises, agricultural organisation will be encouraged and organic agriculture activities will be promoted and mined fields will be cleared and gained for farming,
    • Utilization of renewable sources of energy will be promoted.
  2. Ensuring Social Development
    • Physical and human resources infrastructure at all levels of education will be improved and equal opportunity will be increased.
    • Health services will be improved and approximation of the regional basic health indicators to the national average.
    • Training and consultancy services will be provided for occupation and skill building and for individuals to start their own businesses.
    • Life quality and social conditions of women, elderly persons, youth, children and disabled will be improved.
    • In the fields of sports, culture and arts, the need for facilities will be met and the physical conditions of the existing facilities will be improved.
  3. Infrastructural Development
    • Irrigation projects will be accelerated and an area of 1,06 million hectares will be prepared for irrigation.
    • Cizre and Silvan Dams will be constructed.
    • Regional transportation and logistics services will be strengthened, highway improvement investments will be accelerated and air transportation infrastructure will be strengthened.
    • Natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution infrastructures will be improved.
    • OID (Organized Industrial District), SIS (Small Industrial Site) and other common industrial and commercial infrastructures will be strengthened and the infrastructure that will facilitate border trade will be improved.
    • Activities will be intensified for compensating the urgent housing requirement in the region and for increasing the building quality at urban centers.
    • Drinking water, waste water and solid waste infrastructure will ve improved.
  4. Building Institutional Capacity
    • In 2010, after establishment of the Development Agencies that will serve at all provinces of the region, regional development agencies will be active.
    • Development and service delivery activities and means of the local administrations in the region will be increased.
    • Growth of private sector organisations, professional organisation and NGOs will be supported.
    • Institutional capacity of GAP Regional Development Administration will be strengthened.

Financing of the GAP Action Plan

GAP Action Plan implementation started with the Prime Ministry Circular No 2008/11 published in the Official Gazette No 26910 dated 18 June 2008.

With 2008 prices, a total of 26.7 billion TL is needed in 2008-2012 period for the activities within the scope of the GAP Action Plan. 7.3 billion TL of said funds consists of the portion to be customarily allocated within the budget without the Action Plan. The additional financing required for the Action Plan in that period is 19.4 billion TL and out of this amount, 4.9 billion TL is estimated to be financed out of the central budget and 14.5 billion TL is estimated to be financed under the central budget, 1 billion TL of which to be financed in 2008.

The GAP Regional Development Administration is the agency responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and coordination of the GAP Action Plan.

Implementation of the plan is the responsibility of all public institutions and organisations included in the Action Plan.

The GAP Regional Development Administration is the agency responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and coordination of the GAP Action Plan. “Plan Monitoring and Steering Committee” was formed to monitor the development stages of the Action Plan, to identify the problems and bottlenecks that arise during implementation and to put forward necessary recommendations and measures in coordination with the relevant organisations and to present them to the GAP Higher Council and in order to ensure timely intervention by warning the GAP Higher Council at points where the plan is blocked. The Committee, chaired by the President of the GAP Regional Development Administration, consists of the representatives of responsible organisations, ranking at least Deputy Undersecretary at the Ministries and Undersecretariats and General Director at other institutions and organisations. Secretary services of the Committee is carried out by the GAP Administration.

Revision of the Action Plan according to the needs is the responsibility of the GAP Higher Council. Implementation of the plan is the responsibility of all public institutions and organisations included in the Action Plan.

Revision of the Action Plan according to the needs is the responsibility of the GAP Higher Council. Implementation of the plan is the responsibility of all public institutions and organisations included in the Action Plan.