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<p>TUSIAD President Simone Kaslowski led a delegation to Washington, D.C. on 16-17 July 2019. The delegation included TUSIAD Global Relations and EU Roundtable Leader and Member of the Board of Directors Bedii Can Yücaoğlu, TUSIAD U.S. Network Leader Murat Özden, and TUSIAD Washington Representative Barış Ornarlı.</p>
<p>The President of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) Simone Kaslowski delivered opening remarks at the High Advisory Council meeting, which convened on May 15 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.</p>
<p>We congratulate the incoming mayors and wish them success in their terms in office, focused on quality of life, smart city technologies and sustainable development goals. Now that the municipal elections have been completed, the time ahead of us free from elections and political campaigning is an important opportunity for economic, social and political reforms.</p>
<p>TÜSİAD President Simone Kaslowski attended the EU – Turkey High Level Economic Dialogue meeting in Istanbul today with Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission. TÜSİAD President Simone Kaslowski underlined the importance of a better functioning rules-based market economy, rule of law and robust democracy. To this end, Kaslowski reiterated that the business community actively supports Turkey’s Accession Partnership with the EU.</p>
<p>The 49th General Assembly of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) convened in Istanbul today and elected a new Board of Directors. Simone Kaslowski was elected President of TÜSİAD. Murat Özyeğin, Mehmet Tara and Bahadır Balkır were elected Vice Presidents. Tuncay Özilhan has been re-elected President of the High Advisory Council of TÜSİAD.</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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