The campaigns that have reached the peak of their success during the current period have already taught Ankara a harsh lesson of billions of dollars.
The numbers prove that the campaigns have achieved successes that exceeded all expectations, in light of the belief of the Saudi people in particular, and the Arab peoples in general, that every dollar spent to buy any Turkish product will return to the region with all the evils of the Erdogan regime.
The latest boycott campaigns for Turkish products, launched earlier by the Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce Ajlan Al-Ajlan, come to accelerate the results of the lesson that the Saudis are teaching Erdogan in a collective, harmonious and harmonious manner.
Al-Ajlan tweeted on his official account on Twitter that boycotting Turkish products, which include import, investment and tourism, is the responsibility of every Saudi individual.
According to the Saudi newspaper, “Okaz”, the tweet met with interaction from Saudi citizens, while some of them called for an increase in the import tax on Turkish products.
Saudi Prince Abdurrahman bin Musaed bin Abdulaziz also called for a boycott of Turkish products, in response to provocative statements from Erdogan, and commented sarcastically: “I call on everyone for a complete popular boycott of Turkish products in order to maintain the stability and strength of Turkey’s economy.”
How did the campaign succeed?
According to figures quoted by Bloomberg, according to the Saudi Statistics Authority, the value of Saudi imports of Turkish products plunged to $ 9.47 billion in 2019, compared to about $ 12.74 billion.
According to the data, Saudi Arabia’s imports of Turkish products continued to decline for 5 consecutive years, recording about 12.74 billion dollars in 2015, then decreased to 12.06 billion in 2016, then 11.31 billion in 2017, then 10.04 billion in 2018, then 9.47 billion dollars in 2019. .
Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia’s imports during the first 8 months of 2020 fell dramatically to $ 1.91 billion, according to Bloomberg, which confirms the power of the Turkish product in the Saudi market.
The Turkish product brands are boycotted, but according to the numbers the majority of the products are for carpets, textiles, chemicals, grains, furniture and steel.
On social media, thousands tweeted to warn about these products, especially in light of the availability of many alternatives to them with higher quality and more competitive prices, and the tweeters monitored a list of 86 Turkish brands.
The tweeters said that Turkish products can be distinguished through the “barcode” that begins with the number 869.
The participants hope that the campaign will continue until its goals are fully implemented, in light of the emphasis on the effectiveness of the boycott as a successful way to counter Erdogan’s arrogance.
Expand the campaign
And it is no longer just a matter of Turkish products, but the participants in the boycott campaigns to expand the scope of the boycott to include stopping tourism to Turkey and stopping investment in it.
Turkey relies heavily on the Gulf peoples in general and the Saudi people, especially in tourism and investment, especially in the real estate sector.
These campaigns come at a time when the Turkish government is looking to exports to help the economy recover from the painful recession caused by the currency crisis that has hit the Turkish lira since 2018.
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