They're a major force in the economy, but long-term sustainability requires deft management.
Farmers in Hakkari are optimistic the peace process will improve agriculture in the region.
Turkey is set to repay the final portion of its outstanding debt to the International Monetary Fund, but will still maintain a close relationship with the global lender.
Analysts see benefits for each market as the final steps of the merger take place.
The Turkish economy had sluggish growth in 2012 despite strong export growth.