Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın took part in the Turkish-American National Coordinating Committee’s (TASC) program “The World After COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities”, answering questions online from TASC co-chair Günay Evinch.
Ibrahim Kalin noted that the resumption of normality of countries in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic should be carried out in a synchronized manner, calling for “global thinking” to open up economies worldwide.
The Presidential Spokesman also said that governments should “seriously” consider the parameters and conditions for the re-start (of the economies), commenting on some European countries and the United States that have begun to open their economies with social distancing practices. However, health experts have warned that the move could trigger a second wave of the disease.
“We cannot remain closed forever, and the system must work in one way or another, and this must be done with serious concern for public health, taking into account that the pandemic will not return”, Kalin said, adding that “after coronavirus, the new normal will be different from what it was before”.
The resumption requires “global thinking, consultation and co-operation” and there must be “synchronization” between the countries at the opening, Kalin said.
“If the United States opens up and the others have not opened up, or vice versa, we have an imbalance in the system, because everything is interconnected”.
Ibrahim Kalin said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in constant contact with world community leaders to discuss how to reopen, what their measures are and what the practice was during the process.
“It was a very intense learning process for everyone. We learn new things. It will be a dynamic process as we open up”, Ibrahim Kalin said.
“The balance between opening up and keeping human life safe will be a common feature, not only for a few months ahead of us, but for years, maybe even decades to come”, he added./ibna