TUSIAD President Haluk Dinçer’s Remarks at the B20 Launch Meeting
The B20 Turkey Launch Meeting was held in Istanbul on December 15, bringing the global and Turkish business communities together. TUSIAD President Haluk Dinçer, in his remarks, stressed that the B20 platform is a significant opportunity for business leaders to influence global decision-makers in order to maintain a global agenda that is favorable to international business and trade.
Business Priorities for Turkey’s G20 Presidency in 2015
Turkey assumes the G20 Presidency in 2015 and will chair and host the B20. In that context, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) initiated a global study to define the private sector’s priorities for the recommendations that will be produced during Turkey’s Presidency, with special focus on the increasing role of emerging markets and G20 in the world economy. A survey was conducted with business leaders of six G20 countries: Brazil, France, India, United Kingdom, United States and Turkey. The results of the survey are analyzed in light of former G20-B20 outputs, as well as the Turkish government’s priorities for 2015. The survey highlights 9 main priorities, of which respondents rated promoting sustainable and green growth, developing human capital and promoting employment, and improving anti-corruption efforts among the highest. The data is further analyzed by developed and emerging markets in order to identify more targeted approaches to differing priorities. A separate analysis of specific policies identifies a major difference between emerging and developed markets, where emerging markets emphasize governance and control, and developed markets value entrepreneurship and innovation. Following the conclusions drawn from the study, a list of business policy proposals has been created to recommend for inclusion on the G20 agenda during Turkey’s Presidency. Read the full executive summary here. See the full report here.
A New Boost to Transatlantic Ties: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the EU-Turkey Customs Union
By: Eray Akdag / The German Marshall Fund Eray Akday is the TUSIAD Permanent Ankara Representative. The below article was published by The German Marshall Fund in their “On Turkey” series. You can find the original here. During Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visit to the United States, the White House declared that “the United States and Turkey decided today to establish a bilateral High Level Committee led by the Ministry of Economy of Turkey and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, associated with the Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial Cooperation, with the ultimate objective of continuing to deepen our economic relations and liberalize trade.”This is obviously an important step, however, it is equally certain that it’s not enough. Quickly, establishing a formal mechanism that would work parallel to Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations is critical. It can also be alleged that, as stated by Kaleağasi and Ornarlı earlier Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership “is of crucial significance for Turkey” and “Turkey can play a significant role in that structure.”
By: Soner Cagaptay / Foreign Affairs For all the talk of Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbors,” no amount of soft power has been able to protect the country from the protracted civil war in Syria. Now over two years old, that conflict has laid bare Ankara’s inability to match Tehran’s influence in the region — or even to secure itself against violence as the conflict has spilled over its borders. After years of trying to go it alone in the Middle East, Turkey’s leaders and public must face the fact that their country needs the United States and NATO for security and stability.
President Muharrem Yilmaz introduces the 2013-2014 TUSIAD program
Distinguished Members of Media, I thank you for your participation in this launching meeting of TÜSİAD Work Program 2013-2014, and I salute you on behalf of TÜSİAD Board of Directors, with my sincere regards. As you know, before we implement our programs approved by our Board of Directors, we share it with the general public. Here, I and the Board Members presiding TÜSİAD committees, we are going to communicate our program to you and try to answer to your questions and comments. Consultations with our members and committees, academic platforms of TÜSİAD, national and international think tanks we cooperate and international organization we are affiliated with, all provide us crucial input. Of course, during this preparatory process we also take into account the current development programs, medium term programs and the yearly program of the government as reference for our own program.