Erdogan says Turkey will hold Kanal Istanbul tender next year

ANKARA: Turkey will hold a tender for the construction of a 45km shipping canal running parallel to the Bosphorus, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday (Dec 6), despite a government freeze on new investments as it reins in spending.

“The Kanal Istanbul has been delayed too much. We will hold a tender for it in 2019 and start the process,” Erdogan told a meeting of his AK Party in Ankara.

Earlier this year, Erdogan had said his government would not consider news investments, casting doubt on the US$16 billion plan.