COLLABORATIVE ACTION FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

COLLABORATIVE ACTION FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

We all know that the quality of our exports is one of the keystones to grow our economic power.

IT HAS BEEN ONE MONTH since I was elected as the chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) on its 25. General Assembly. I want you to know that; I am fully aware of the responsibility of this duty and I know there are many obstacles on the path that I choose to pave. However, the missions I've undertook for Exporters' Associations and the projects I've conducted in our Sectors Council under TIM; now became such an experience for me to overcome every difficulty on that way. As I always mentioned during the election period, to achieve the export goals of our country, a collaborative action is a must. One man's effort won't be enough for this duty. Accordingly, while making decisions and developing our export strategy, the Board of Directors, Sectors Council and all delegates need to get involved in every stage of these decisions and take responsibility. I believe that value of our service relies on working side by side with every company in Turkey.

 

A very intense agenda welcomed us after our General Assembly and elections. As the new management, one of our first official events was to attend the oath ceremony of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 9th of July and met with the new cabinet of Turkish Republic whom will raise our country to its goals for the year 2023. On the 12th of July; we organized our first Sector's Council meeting in TIM and formed our new Board of Directors. Our new Board immediately took action on discussing new projects to create a sustainable increase in our export figures.

Since the second half of July; starting with our Minister of Trade Ruhsar Pekcan, we gave official visitations to our Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli, and Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca in their offices. We congratulated them on their new mission while presenting our projects that can boost our exports. On the other hand, during the meeting organized under the supervision of our Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak, we expressed our projections on our economy on behalf of our exporters. Our official visits to other Ministries will continue on August. And our first official foreign visit was to Africa with our President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

We all know that the quality of our exports is one of the keystones to grow our economic power. With this consciousness, we develop new projects and modify ongoing ones according to our 2023 projections.

First of all, it's crucial that more companies should be involved in export activities to boost our export figures. Especially we need to investigate those who are producing innovative and qualified products that can compete in foreign markets while exporting none. And then we need to convince them to become exporters, support and guide them as their mentors in their journey through new markets. Also we have to diversify our services among, cities, sectors and company sizes to analyze the needs and shortcomings and create solutions according to this analysis to every individual firm. Another subject is the trade delegations and expositions.

We are going to detect the firms who never participated to an exposition and invite them to experience this kind of events for the first time. We have to spend more time and effort in foreign markets to promote our brand Turkey and our firms. Collaborating with our Ministry of Trade we are going to organize a team for the promotion of our goods, services and firms in foreign markets. Last but not least, we will still be working as a bridge between our exporters and our government and deliver our exporters demands (as logistics, Eximbank etc.) to our government and offer solutions and frame our recommendations to the Ministry of Trade.

As we almost finished the first month in our duty, I am very confident to say that the new administration of Turkish Exporters Assembly will succeed efficient projects that will move forward our exports and economy in the recent future. I carry no doubt that, working collectively with our exporters, we will achieve every goal that has been waiting for us to achieve.

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