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BUSINESS SUMMITS | 30.06.2014 WTB 2014

June 17, 2014: The 20th Turkey-World Trade Bridge, attended by businessmen from 100 countries, was held in Ýstanbul, where company representatives from Turkey and abroad alike discussed trade and investment opportunities. The event comes at a time when an insurgency is fomenting sectarian violence i... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 18.07.2014 Turkish Democracy

July 15, 2014: A group of academics and businessmen testified before the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats in a hearing on “The Future of Turkish Democracy” and expressed concern over the future of democracy in Turkey.

In the opening statement of the session, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who also chaired the hearing, said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdođan's Turkey has prospered but that political freedoms have fallen behind the country's le... continue »

more on ROUNDTABLE | 07.07.2014 The Iraq Crisis, ISIS and the region

July 3, 2014: TUSKON Brussels partnered up with the European Policy Center to host a discussion on ISIS and the region. The discussion titled "The Iraq Crisis, ISIS and the Region" brought together several experts including Joost Hiltermann, International Crisis Group, Osman Bahdir Dincer, Research Fellow, USAK, Ankara and Aymenn al-Tamimi, Independent Middle-East Expert and Amanda Paul from the EPC to help understand the latest developments. ... continue »

more on PRESS RELEASES | 02.07.2014 State Officials Don't Run Smear Campaigns

June 24, 2014: The parliamentary question on the “plan to finish the Hizmet Movement” submitted by former Minister of Interior Mr. Idris Naim Sahin to be answered by current Minister of Interior Efkan Ala, is cause for great concern on the future of our country, especially in a time where those holding the political power openly express their intention for a witch hunt against the Hizmet Movement.
In consolidated democracies, state bodies and officials do not run smear campaigns and dark ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 30.06.2014 TUSKON Encourages Firms to Seek Opportunities Abroad

June 18, 2014: TUSKON provides extensive support to businessmen who seek to make a contribution to the national economy. In addition to its many other activities, TUSKON held 19 world trade summits between 2006 and 2013 and hosted 40,000 domestic and 30,000 foreign businessmen and industrialists. The trade bridges created at these meetings have led TUSKON to generate a trade volume of $30 billion so far. Unlike some similar initiatives, TUSKON doesn't neglect small and medium-sized enterprises. ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 30.06.2014 Istanbul - New Hampshire Business Summit

June 25, 2014: Governor Maggie Hassan is in the midst of a week-long trade mission to Turkey.

During a conference call this morning, Hassan called the trip productive.

“We are on this trade mission to emphasize to the Turkish people and Turkish businesses how much New Hampshire values international trade and how important is to our economic growth and job creation.”

Joining Hassan on the trip are the state’s commissioner of economic development Jeff Rose and representa... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 30.06.2014 Governor Hassan Urges Business-people to Explore New H...

June 23, 2014: Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire, USA Governor invited Turkish entrepreneurs to capitalize on a number of attractive investment opportunities in sectors ranging from energy to health.

Hassan was in town to participate in a trade and investment conference organized by TUSKON and met with Turkish business-people to discuss potential partnerships in separate fields.

Hassan cited energy, defense, health and tourism as some of the key investment fields that offer opportun... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.06.2014 Ethiopia-Turkey Trade And Investment Forum

May 30, 2014: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said TUSKON has contributed positively to his country's development over the last 10 years and that it is an honor to work with the organization's membership.

Speaking at the opening session of the “Ethiopia-Turkey Trade and Investment Forum” in Addis Ababa, Desalegn said his government will support all investments to the extent that it is able. “A lot of Turkish companies have become promoters of Ethiopia over the last dec... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 04.06.2014 Third Turkiye-Russia Businesswomen Summit

May 30, 2014: TUSKON organized their 3rd Turkiye-Russia Business-women Summit in Istanbul. About 900 Russian businesswomen met with 150 Turkish businesswomen to explore opportunities each side could capitalize on. TUSKON Board Member Inci Konuk mentioned that "Even though both sides are able to benefit financially these types of organizations bring us together and enhance our understanding for the other providing for better business opportunities.

Russian businesswomen traveled to Turk... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 04.06.2014 Main Opposition Leader Pays A Visit To TUSKON

May 29, 2014: The leader of the main opposition Kemal Kilicdaroglu paid a visit to TUSKON's office in Ýstanbul to discuss presidential elections which scheduled to be held in August.

Kilicdaroglu, accompanied with the Secretary-General of the CHP, was welcomed by the TUSKON President Rizanur Meral.

The meeting was closed to the press. Rumors suggest possible candidates for the election and election period were discussed.... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.06.2014 Automotive Trade Fair

May 20, 2014: Representatives of automotive manufacturing companies from 27 countries were in the city of Konya to participate in a trade and investment summit organized by TUSKON.

As part of its Turkey-World Trade Bridge series, large-scale trade and investment summits organized by TUSKON since 2006, the confederation brought together 170 automotive firm representatives from around the globe to discuss opportunities for investment with 150 Turkish counterparts in Konya on Tuesday. ... continue »

more on ROUNDTABLE | 01.06.2014 Media Freedom In Turkey

May 15, 2014: TUSKON EU and The European Policy Center hosted a panel to discuss the current situation of media freedom within Turkey. Panelists included Yavaz Baydar, Zaman Newspaper, as well as key officials from the EU Parliament. ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.06.2014 Atlanta Expo

May 9, 2014: The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce Southeast and TUSKON organized the Global Business Connection Platform on May 9-10, 2014 to bring together leading Turkish and American businesses. This event hosted more than 200 high profile Turkish Corporations from the Automotive, Construction, Renewable Energy, and Home textile & furniture industries. This platform aimed to introduce Turkish companies to the Southeast U.S. market and U.S. companies to pursue opportunities in the Turkish ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.06.2014 Arizona Business Forum

May 7, 2014: The Arizona Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and TUSKON collaborated together to host a plethora of events during a fruitful Business Forum. Attendees included the Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett as Arizona State Senators, Mayors and Turkish Business-people. TUSKON D.C. Representative greeted the guests applauding their efforts to build bridges between Turkey and Arizona. ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.06.2014 Turkey-Central Africa Trade Bridge

May 5, 2014: Hundreds of business-people from countries in central West Africa traveled to Turkey to attend a trade event coordinated by TUSKON in Ýzmir.

At the event, titled the Turkey-Central West Africa Trade Bridge, which was hosted by the Association of Aegean and Mediterranean Industrialists and Business-people (ESÝDEF), a member of TUSKON, 250 business-people from Niger, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso -- representing 100 firms -- had the opportunity to meet with 300 Turkish bus... continue »

more on CONFERENCES | 01.05.2014 Turkic American Convention was held in DC

April 8, 2014: Prior to a fruitful and engaging conference TUSKON President Rizanur Meral greeted participants at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. The Turkic American Alliance hosted the Conference in partnership with TUSKON. Mr. Meral thanked everyone for their hard work.

On April 9 Mr. Meral was the keynote speaker during the luncheon in which he noted the importance of the Turkish American Business community and urged everyone to visit Turkey. Mr. Meral also noted that Armenian bill... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.05.2014 Latin American Business Summit

April 29, 2014: A total of 80 business-people from 10 Latin American countries met in Turkey's Kayseri province on Tuesday to discuss investment and trade opportunities with local counterparts in a new “trade bridge” event held by the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON).

The title “trade bridge," which TUSKON uses for its trade and investment events, is inspired by the semi-annual summit Turkey-World Trade Bridge, which has been organized by the confederati... continue »

more on BLOG | 02.05.2014 TUSKON Backs Constitutional Court Chiefs Speech

April 27, 2014: TUSKON voiced its support for Constitutional Court President Haţim Kýlýç's pointedly critical speech in a written press release on Sunday.

“For this country to gain the respect of the global community and for national prosperity to increase, it is mandatory that all of Turkey's institutions function democratically under the rule of law,” said the statement. Critics of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdođan argue that he has attempted to control the judiciary via reassignmen... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 01.05.2014 Turkey-West Africa Trade Bridge

April 13, 2014: Speaking at the "Turkey-West Africa Trade Bridge" business event, which is running from April 13-16 and aims to boost Turkey's trade volume with West African countries, TUSKON head Rýzanur Meral said Turkish schools -- now in about 160 countries -- can't immediately be shut down by an order from the Turkish government since most of them are founded by private entrepreneurs. He said there are demands for 500 new schools every year, highlighting the huge demand in host countries fo... continue »

more on CONFERENCES | 01.05.2014 Turkic American Convention widely attended by US Senat...

April 9, 2014: The Turkic American Alliance (TAA), the largest national Turkic organization in the US, held hold its fourth annual Turkic American Convention in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON).

The event was attended by around 40 American congressmen, five senators as well as many bureaucrats and deputy ministers. During the convention which was held in well-known auditorium Andrew W. Mellon, deputies highlighted... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 02.05.2014 Turkish American Business Partnership - New Hampshire

April 2, 2014: Hakan Tasci, TUSKON's D.C. representative, attended a panel on Turkish American Business Partnership in New Hampshire to discuss possible opportunities for US businesses in Turkey. Mehmet Ozhabes, VP of JP Morgan, gave a brief introduction on the Turkish Economy, the outlook, opportunities and challenges. Afterwards Mr. Tasci discussed the dynamics of Turkish Business Sector. He noted that Strong Security relationships require strong economic and public incorporation on which TUSK... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 02.03.2014 TUSKON's Fifth Board Meeting

Speaking at TUSKON's fifth general meeting on Saturday, Meral highly criticized Prime Minister Erdođan for his rhetoric and accusations about the Hizmet movement, inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

Addressing guests in Ýstanbul, TUSKON Chairman Rýza Nur Meral invited Erdođan, who had called on the Hizmet movement to form a political party, to “join trade and make his own money in equal competition with other market players.” Meral did not name Erdođan directly.
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more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 01.04.2014 Compensation Used to Develop Uganda

March 25, 2014: The Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) said it has won compensation in separate cases for the illegal wiretapping of a phone conversation which turned into a smear campaign against the confederation and that this money will be used to build an orphanage in Uganda, the country at the center of the smear campaign.

Earlier in December, a voice recording surfaced on social media in which Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and TUSKON Secreta... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 01.04.2014 Twitter ban a disappointment in information age

March 21, 2014: Speaking during a meeting organized by the Federation of Anatolian Businessmen (ANFED) in Ankara, Meral said: “We are in an era of information technology. Those who own and share information have an advantage. Freedom of expression is also a precondition for countries for getting ahead. The ban on Twitter prevents developments to this end.”

Stressing that with the recent decision of the government Turkey has moved further toward becoming an authoritarian regime, Meral sa... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 31.03.2014 NLGA Reception

March 19, 2014: TUSKON along with the Turkic American Alliance hosted Lieutenant Governors at a reception at TAA's headquarters. Over 30 Lieutenant Governors and 30 business-people were able to interact and explore ideas in which both the respective states of each LG would benefit and businesses from Turkey. Beyhan Nakipoglu, a TUSKON Board member, shared his investment experiences in Turkey and in the States. ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 31.03.2014 Turkiye-Russia Business Forum

March 13, 2014: TUSKON hosted Sergey Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, in Istanbul for a business forum seeking opportunities available for both parties to work on.

Speaking at the Turkey-Russia Trade and Investment Forum in Ýstanbul on Thursday, Katyrin said the two countries have a common goal of raising bilateral trade to $100 billion from its current level of $33 billion and that TUSKON has undertaken a key role in attaining this target.
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more on ROUNDTABLE | 31.03.2014 Roundtable On Turkey's Municipal Elections

March 13, 2014: TUSKON in collaboration with The Center for American Progress hosted a panel to discuss the importance of Turkey's upcoming elections. Featured speakers were Yavuz Baydar of T24 and Gokhan Bacik from Zaman.... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 31.03.2014 Nebraska Business Summit

March 11, 2014: The Omaha Chamber of Commerce along with The Turkish Business-people community organized an expo for business-people to seek opportunities. As TUSKON we also contributed to the development of business between Turkey and Nebraska as our D.C. Representative Hakan Tasci put forth a list of opportunities both in Turkey and the United States of America. ... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 01.04.2014 TTIP: Towards an EU-US free trade deal – But what’s in...

March 6, 2014: TUSKON Brussels hosted a meeting to discuss the future of the TTIP. A report was posted in which the speakers mentioned US and EU partners are a crucial part of the deal.

The third round of negotiations between the EU and the US took place in Washington DC, in December 2013. The next round will start in mid-March 2014. Talks for a free trade deal may take longer than initially foreseen and major challenges need to be addressed to reach an agreement, but negotiations seem ... continue »

more on BLOG | 02.03.2014 President Meral Speaks to WSJ

February 28, 2014: Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Turkey quoted President Meral as saying on Friday that “different government figures, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdođan, warned [that it would] do away with TUSKON unless it cut relations with certain groups critical of the government.” Meral was speaking in an interview with the WSJ Turkey on the sidelines of a Turkey-Africa Business and Investment Council meeting in Ýstanbul.

Meral's comments are no surprise to those familiar wi... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 02.03.2014 Turkey-Africa Women Entrepreneurs Trade Bridge

February 27, 2014: TUSKON hosted a trade bridge to integrate more women entrepreneurs into the business world. More than 800 women of whom 350 are from Africa and the balance from Turkey, are attending the conference which seeks to foster business ties between women from the continent and their counterparts in this East European country.

Exhibitions held yesterday included companies from the textile and clothing sectors, manufacturing, information and communication technology, tourism, ... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 02.03.2014 Turkey – back to old days? The current state of EU-Tur...

February 18, 2014: Following the recent developments in Turkey, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in cooperation with TUSKON hosted an expert meeting “Turkey – back to old days? The current state of EU-Turkey relations”. The discussion was moderated by European Policy Centre’s (EPC) policy analyst Amanda Paul and the experts taking part in the debate were MEP Sir Graham Watson, President of ALDE Party, Dr. Hans-Georg Fleck, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom’s resident represent... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 02.03.2014 Turkey-East Africa Trade Bridge

February 11, 2014: Businesses from East Africa are expecting to boost trade and investment partnerships with Turkey, company representatives told a summit held by TUSKON in Gaziantep.

A total of 127 companies from 11 different countries in East Africa attended the expo inGaziantep.

The Turkish and African business-people held roughly 5,000 bilateral business meetings. TUSKON has intensified efforts to help more Turkish firms branch out into promising African markets over the pa... continue »

more on PRESS RELEASES | 30.12.2013 Press Release

We are, carefully, following the concerns over the recent investigation on bribery and corruption that is taking place in our country for the past few weeks. The claims surrounding four ministers and their sons are not restricted to them but also extend to bureaucratic circles and foreign citizens, are indeed very serious. Our members and public opinion do expect the truths to be brought out as soon as possible in line with the rule of law through an independent investigation that should end wit... continue »

more on BOARD | 03.02.2014 TUSKON - Systematic campaign of defamation is under way

TUSKON has criticized what it said a systematic campaign of defamation against the business conglomerate, stressing that its business activities that help contribute to Turkish economy should only be welcomed.

TUSKON said in a statement on Saturday that there are seven federations, 212 associations, 54,000 businessmen and more than 140,000 companies that are represented under its umbrella and that its founding goal is to help Turkish businessmen expand their trade to foreign markets. ... continue »

more on CONFERENCES | 04.02.2014 Turmoil in Turkey?

January 24, 2014: TUSKON and EPC jointly hosted a panel on the recent developments in Turkey during which the panelists provided insightful opinions. Alexandra Cas Granje, European Commission (EC) director of enlargement, mentioned that Turkey should deal with its problems within the confines of the rule of law and the legal instruments of democratic societies referening to a recent corruption scandal and draft bill on the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), stressing that EC expects... continue »

more on BLOG | 04.02.2014 Unaffected by tension, TUSKON promotes Turkish economy

TUSKON has had its share of these provocative media reports. Regarding the recent media reports criticizing TUSKON's lobbying efforts for Turkish firms abroad, TUSKON President Rýza Nur Meral told Sunday's Zaman that allegations against TUSKON “do not make sense” and that the confederation has always supported Turkish businessmen who want to branch out into global markets. “We will continue our support [for Turkish entrepreneurs],” Meral added.

The size of investment and trade agreement... continue »

more on ROUNDTABLE | 03.02.2014 Thai-Turk Business Relations

On January 20, 2014 a group business-people from Thailand led by Mr. Narong Sasitorn and Mr. Samart Boontratip, visited TUSKON's main office in Turkey to discuss ways in which both sides may strengthen their relationship.

Ahmet Ciger expressed to Mr. Sasitorn and Boontratip that "both countries are crucial for each others success and thus we must work together to find projects on which we can coordinate together."

After a long discussion between both sides, each respected ind... continue »

more on CONFERENCES | 03.02.2014 Connecta 2014

January 16, 2014: TUSKON partnered up with the California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce to host Connecta in Silicon Valley. A conference aimed at technological advancements, guests were treated with a plethora of panelists who addressed various topics. Among the panelists were Open Garden Inc. CEO, Micha Benoliel; Jumpcam CEO, David Stewart; Coorliris Founder and CEO, Soujanya Bhumkar; General Catalyst Partners Principal, Niko Bonatsos; 212 Ventures Vice-President, Dilek Dayinlarli; Globa... continue »

more on MEETINGS&VISITS | 30.12.2013 Turkey - Benin Trade Forum

Beninese President Yayi Boni attended Turkish-Benin Trade and Investment Forum organized by Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) on December 12th, 2013. Boni noted Turkey and Africa will organize a summit and Benin will be a key player. Mr. Boni stated that, “No country can advance without Africa. The continent and Turkey cannot be separated. Although Turkey is placed as the 16th most developed country in the world, its strength is beyond that. No one can dismiss Turk... continue »

more on CONFERENCES | 30.12.2013 Judiciary Reform In Turkey

As part of the “Turkish Insights” project, the European Policy Centre, cooperated with TUSKON to host a panel on Judicial reform on Wednesday December 18, 2013.

One of the most critical and challenging reform areas in Turkey has been judicial reform, a key element in Turkey’s EU accession process. However, the process remains patchy. The constitutional referendum of 2010 represented a significant step forward, aimed at strengthening the independence of the judiciary, fundamental rights ... continue »

more on BUSINESS SUMMITS | 30.12.2013 Turkey - India Business Forum

TUSKON hosted Indian Businessmen at their Turkey - India CIS Trade and Investment forum on December 5th, 2013. Speaking at the forum the Istanbul Consul General of India Manish Gupta, stated that the two countries should focus on cooperation within the economic realm. India is a country where Turkey wishes to cooperate with and within three years the trade volume between the two countries expected to increase. Mr. Gupta also mentioned that "India is investing $1 trillion on infrastructure update... continue »