While Prof. Dr. Kenan Mortan was doing a field study for his book on the Grand Bazaar, he met Sait Koç, one of the famous goldsmiths. I would !ike to quote an event that he listened from Mr. Koc; “In 1983, I visited Turgut Özal-the prime minister of the time- at his home. At the time, the ban on the importation of exchange, tobacco, gold ete. was lifted; however the ban on the importation of diamonds was stili kept. As I explained to him more, they decided to lift this ban on diamonds as well. However, its taxes are stili high, and they must be reduced soon … ” “The Grand Bazaar is the brain of the world. Things that will not be produced elsewhere are produced here. We created many beautiful designs with o ur Aımenian masters here … “
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