• The event, hosted by Mr. Bedii Can Yücaoğlu, TÜSİAD Board Member and Global Relations and EU Round Table President and Dr. Rıza Kadılar, TÜSİAD Netherlands Task Force President, was attended by representatives of the Turkish and Dutch business community in the Netherlands.

  • In his first remarks to the General Assembly, newly elected TÜSİAD President Orhan Turan said:

    “First of all, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for entrusting us with the responsibility of leading TÜSİAD in the coming period.

  • The General Assembly of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) convened in Istanbul last week to elect the Board of Directors. The new Board convened after the General Assembly and elected Orhan Turan as the President of TÜSİAD. Murat Özyeğin, Mehmet Tara and Serpil Veral were elected as Vice Presidents.

  • The global recession in 2008 and the refugee crisis in 2015 resulted in a series of cataclysmic changes questioning the fundamentals of the post-Cold War era and the future prospects of the rules-based global system underpinned by liberal democracies and the principles of the free market economy. Populism, protectionism, and the appeasement policies towards autocracies paved the way for transactionalist approach to foreign policy. Indifference in the United States to the global problems and to the international organizations was to be compounded by the EU’s governance difficulties vis-à-vis its integration and a decline in soft power. The discordance among western powers were to underpin the discussions on strategic autonomy, while China and Russia took steps to fill the strategic void with their respective economic and geopolitical focus. As of 2020 the pandemic has only accelerated these dynamics.

  • Dr. Yılmaz Argüden, Chairman of ARGE Consulting and Rothschild & Co. Türkiye, has been elected as Chairman of the Governance and Regulatory Policy Committee of Business at OECD (BIAC). Dr. Argüden’s leadership role will focus on developing and conveying global business priorities on governance and regulatory policies to governments and OECD representatives.


TÜSİAD Delegation Concludes Washington Visit

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A TÜSİAD delegation led by the President of the Board of Directors Muharrem Yilmaz concluded three days of talks with U.S. officials and opinion leaders in Washington. The TÜSİAD delegation had an opportunity to exchange views on U.S. – Turkey economic and political relations and recent developments in Turkey and the region.


The TÜSİAD Delegation met Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli, NSS Acting Senior Director for European Affairs Tara Leweling, and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Dan Mullaney during the Washington visit, April 28 – 30.


TÜSİAD President Muharrem Yilmaz speaking with Congressman Bill Keating

The delegation also had talks with the U.S. House of Representatives Turkey Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN); and the ranking member of of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Bill Keating (D-MA). Keating also serves as the Co-Chair of the House TTIP Caucus.


The President of TÜSİAD Muharrem Yilmaz met with the President of BUSINESSEUROPE Emma Marcegaglia who happened to be in Washington for talks with U.S. officials ahead of the fifth round of TTIP negotiations. Yilmaz and Marcegaglia compared notes and discussed progress in TTIP negotiations and Turkey’s position. The European Business community has been supportive of Turkey’s association with TTIP and Marcegaglia reiterated her support during the meeting. TÜSİAD is a member of BUSINESSEUROPE.


The visiting TÜSİAD delegation also met with officials from the Business Roundtable and discussed ways to improve cooperation between Turkish and American business communities.


On April 28, the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe and the Energy Security Initiative hosted independent energy research analyst Gareth Winrow to discuss his new report, “Realization of Turkey’s Energy Aspirations: Pipe Dreams Or Real Projects?” In the report, Winrow assesses Turkey’s energy policy, exploring the importance of gas for the Turkish economy, prospects for becoming a gas transit and trading hub and the energy dimensions of Turkish-U.S. relations.


TÜSİAD President Muharrem Yilmaz delivering opening remarks at the Brookings Institution

President Yılmaz provided introductory remarks and Brookings TÜSİAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci moderated the discussion. Following opening remarks, Brookings Senior Fellow Charles Ebinger and Sabancı Energy Group President and TÜSİAD Energy Working Group President Selahattin Hakman offered comments. The event is part of the TÜSİAD U.S.-Turkey Forum at Brookings, which hosts conferences, seminars and workshops to consider topics of relevance to U.S.-Turkish and transatlantic relations.


The visiting TÜSİAD delegation participated in a roundtable discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations where developments in Turkey were discussed. The delegation also met with the President of the Peterson Institute of International Economics Dr. Adam Posen and Senior Fellow Caroline Freund.


TÜSİAD President Muharrem Yilmaz and the delegation also met with former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Dr. Ben Bernanke. Yilmaz and Bernanke discussed prospects for the ongoing global economic recovery and other current issues.


The TÜSİAD delegation paid a visit to Turkey’s Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic and met with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.


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