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<p>One year ago the Turkish Republic experienced a coup attempt on the night of July 15. As we expressed in a statement which was published in the international media immediately after the attempted coup: “Interventions against democracy can only be prevented by further raising democratic standards and strengthening the rule of law.” Security and freedom are not mutually exclusive, on the contrary, they are fundamental priorities that complement one another.</p>
<p>The President of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) Erol Bilecik delivered opening remarks at the High Advisory Council meeting, which convened this afternoon in Istanbul. The High Advisory Council is a biannual deliberative conference where the business world takes stock of domestic and global political and economic developments, and offers suggestions to policy makers from a business perspective. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and key members of the Cabinet were also in attendance.</p>
<p>The people of Turkey have voted in a referendum on proposed amendments to the Constitution. We are living in a period of historically important global changes. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, it is now time to stand in solidarity for a stronger Turkey and to look to the future without delay.</p>
<p>TÜSİAD held elections for the Board of Directors, High Advisory Council, Auditing Board, and Disciplinary Committee on January 12, 2017 during the 47th General Assembly.</p>
<p>While millions of people across the globe were wishing each other the best for 2017, the new year started with the brutal murder of innocent people as a result of a terrorist act at an entertainment venue in Ortaköy. We find it difficult to put into words our outrage and sadness in the face of such inhumane actions by those who wish to hurt Turkey’s domestic peace and tranquility, freedoms, modern urban lifestyles, and global potential.</p>

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The Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) was established in 1971 as a non-governmental, non-profit entrepreneur organization which represents a significant part of the Turkish economy. Member companies account for half of private sector national income, 85% of Turkey's total foreign trade volume (excluding energy), 50% of total private sector employment, and more than 80% of total corporate taxes. TÜSİAD promotes principles of participatory democracy, a competitive market economy, environmental sustainability, and universal freedoms and human rights. TÜSİAD is a member of the B20 coalition and BusinessEurope, with a strong international network of six representative offices around the world: Washington, D.C., Brussels, Paris, Berlin, London, and Beijing. TÜSİAD's Washington Representative Office opened in 1998, focusing on U.S. - Turkey relations within the framework of TÜSİAD's mission and values.

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