“Things are going well in Turkey”, says the Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly to Ambassadors

Ambassadors will spread the word of a strong Turkey. 

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) has organized the “Ambassadors Gathering”, one of its most important promotional activities aiming at reviving foreign trade, with the attendance of 181 foreign mission representatives from 73 countries and bureaucrats in Çanakkale.

 

Ambassadors expressed that they will spread the word in their countries that Turkey, considered as the basic pillar within this region, is loyally tied to democratic values within the spirit of unity and togetherness and that its economy relies on a sound basis.

 

The Ambassador of Brazil H.E. Mr. Antonio Luis Salgado said: “The Turkish economy has shown a significant growth within the last ten years. Brazilian businessmen have investments in İzmir in the juice sector and in Ankara in the cement sector. The investor in the cement sector is planning to expand their investments during the coming years. We believe in your country's future”.

The Ambassador of Congo H.E. Mr. Marcel Mulumba Tshidimba said “In the Ottoman Empire, there was this approach according to which you leave a memory wherever you go. This approach also implies making investments. You are heading forward in this direction. We will convey Turkey's message on unity, togetherness and democracy to our countries and we will bring you new visitors and guests.

 

The Ambassador of Mexico H.E. Mrs. Martha Barcena Coqui: “TİM, with its best practices aiming at increasing exports, sets an example to be followed by us. Our mutual economies will only grow in this way.

 

The Ambassador of the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Cornelis Van Rij: “The Netherlands hold a 22 billion worth of an investment in Turkey. The two countries should further develop cooperation and opportunities. In the same way, you should also invest in the Netherlands. The Rönesans Group has made an acquisition already and we must multiply new partnerships”.

 

TİM's Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi addressing to the representatives of the 73 countries said the following: “we are planning to increase our share of the world trade to 1,5% and we intend to increase investments along with the exports.

This year, “the Ambassadors Gathering”, of the most important promotional activities of the Turkish Exporters Assembly  (TİM) to revive exports and reach the goal of 500 billion USD worth of exports by 2023 was held in Çanakkale between 2-4 September 2016.

The event that premiered in the city of Mardin in 2014 and was followed by the one in Trabzon last year, was held for the third time in Çanakkale and hosted 181 ambassadors and bureaucrats from 73 countries.

Among the country representatives that were welcomed by the chairman of TİM, Mehmet Büyükekşi and the members of the board were France, Italy, The Netherlands, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Congo, Mexico and South Africa.

The Ambassador of Congo Marcel Mulumba Tshidimba, who spoke at the Breakfast Forum held last Sunday, said: “We didn't learn only history in Çanakkale, you have shared with us a road to wisdom as well. In the Ottoman Empire, there was this approach according to which you leave a memory wherever you go. This approach also implies making investments. You are heading forward in this direction. With regard to the 15th of July and as the ambassadors of all the countries present here, we will convey your message on unity, togetherness and democracy to our countries. We will share this message with our governments and our people and we will bring new guests”.

The Ambassador of Mexico: “TİM paves a way for us to follow” 

The ambassador of Mexico Mrs. Martha Barcena Coqui who spoke on the Breakfast forum said: “We are grateful to you for showing the spiritual concept of Çanakkale to us. What happened here we felt it in our bones. The roots of world history lie here. You made us have a look inside us and think. We asked ourselves “where are we after 100 years?”, “what we are doing now?” Did it worth all the casualties? Generations of Turks, English and French people were lost because of these wars. I speak on behalf of them too. Turkey is the backbone of this region. Therefore, there is a need for Turkey to remain as a strong country. As the Latin American countries, we have condemned the coup attempt of the 15th of July. We unconditionally stand by the Turkish democracy”. The ambassador went on saying “Turkey is a country who is increasing its presence in Latin America every day. We have a trade volume of over 1.5 billion USD between our two countries. 95% of our mutual trade is based on industrial products. TİM, with its best practices aiming at increasing exports, sets an example to be followed by us. Our mutual economies will grow in this way. Thank you for your generosity and dignity”.

We believe in the future of Turkey.

The ambassador of Brazil Mr. Antonio Luis Salgado, said in a statement “the Turkish economy has shown a significant growth within the last ten years. Brazilian businessmen have investments in Izmir in the juice sector and in Ankara in the cement sector. The investor in the cement sector is planning to expand their investments during the coming years. We believe in your country's future”.

Turkish companies should invest in the Netherlands

The Ambassador of the Netherlands Mr. Van Rij Cornelis who pointed at Holland's being the partner country of TİM for the last two “innovation week” organizations said: “We came today out of our belief and trust in Turkey. Turkish people are trustworthy, hardworking and zealous. Your economy relies on a strong basis. The Netherlands hold a 22 billion worth of an investment in Turkey. The two countries should further develop cooperation and opportunities. In the same way, you should also invest in the Netherlands. The Rönesans Group has made an acquisition already and we must multiply new partnerships”.

 

Call for investment from Büyükekşi to 73 countries.

In his speech during the Breakfast Forum held on the second day of the event, TİM Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi called upon the representatives of the 73 countries for cooperation, as 44% of the Turkish exports are made towards these.

Büyükekşi said “with the common effort of 65 thousand exporters, we are planning to increase our share of the world trade to 1,5% and we intend to increase investments along with the exports. However, we can reach this goal not only by increasing exports but also by increasing bilateral trade and investments.

By 2023, which we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Republic, we aim at realizing 500 USD worth of exports and 625 billion USD worth of imports.

Our ancestors have said “a goal without a plan is only a wish”. Having set this as a starting point, we wish to further strengthen our relations with you and we wish each side to profit from. We can have investments in Turkey and in third countries together with you”.

 

Will strengthen international dialogue

In his speech, Büyükekşi mentioned that the aim of the event that gets the attention of more and more participants each year, is not only for touristic purposes but that it also serves as a means to enhance international dialogue. The chairman said in his statement: “Today, the ambassadors that are here among us represent 27% of the world population, 23% of the world national income, 31% of the world foreign trade and 44% of the Turkish exports volume.  I call upon every one of you to undertake more and more cooperation with Turkey”.

Furthermore, Büyükekşi referring to the Government's announcements on many laws and incentive packages, said: “due to the incentive package intended for cities in the Southeast region announced by our Prime Minister in Diyarbakır, as well as the new investment incentive package that will be announced in the coming days, the Turkish economy will grow in a stronger way and will increase its exports.

The coup attempt of 15th of July, has been fenced off and it has not affected the economy in a negative manner. As Turkey, we have continued producing, investing and exporting. Only a week after the coup attempt, our export figures rose by 16% compared to the week of the coup attempt. Our exports in August registered the highest increase of the last 28 months”.

 

Visit to Martyrs' Memorials, Troy and Assos

During the event, ambassadors, their families and bureaucrats were shown historical, cultural and touristic places. In this context, the group visited the Gallipoli monuments, a historic and cultural patrimony where Çanakkale sea and land wars were waged during the First World War, the martyrs' memorials, and monuments where war remains can still be found.

 

 

The countries participating to the event were:

Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Delegation of the European , Union to Turkey, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, League of Arab States, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uganda, United Nations Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia.

 

Legend

Photo 1-2: TİM Chairman and country ambassadors and bureaucrats, wreath laying ceremony at the Martyrs' Memorial in the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Photo 3: TİM Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi wreath laying ceremony at the French Cemetery.

Photo 4: TİM Chairman and foreign country representatives having their photos taken in front of the Trojan horse used in the US made movie.

Photo 5: The Ambassador of Mexico H.E. Mrs. Martha Barcena Coqui, said Turkey is the backbone of its region.

Photo 6 : The Ambassador of Congo H.E. Mr. Marcel Mulumba Tshidimba

 

 

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2016
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