|Minister of Finance|
19 November 2002 – 1 May 2009
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
|Preceded by||Sümer Oral|
|Succeeded by||Mehmet Şimşek|
14 February 1946|
12 October 2016 70) (aged|
|Political party||Justice and Development Party|
|Alma mater||Gazi University|
|Occupation||Civil servant, politician|
|Cabinet||58th, 59th, 60th|
Kemal Unakıtan (February 14, 1946 – October 12, 2016) was the Minister of Finance of Turkey from November 2002 to May 2009 and a Member of Parliament for Istanbul of the Justice and Development Party. He was born in Edirne.
Previously he was a board member of the Family Finance Group.
Durung his tenure as minister of finance Unakitan presided over a number of situations primarily the Treasury's need to raise funds (!) at a time when Turkey had a large national debt and was failing to collect taxes to cover it. Unakıtan therefore
- sold forestry land to raise funds for the treasury
- raised fuel duties and other indirect taxation plus
- imposed extra duties and payments such as his "permanent earthquake fund"
On March 7, 2008, Unakıtan received the Finance Minister of the Year Award from the business magazine The Banker.
- Nedim Şener (2005), Fırsatlar Ülkesinde Bir Kemal Abi (A Kemal Abi in A Land of Opportunities)
- "Finance Minister of the Year: Kemal Unakitan". The Banker. 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- "Former Turkish finance minister Unakıtan dies aged 70". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
|Minister of Finance of Turkey
Nov 19, 2002–May 1, 2009
| Succeeded by|