Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Turkey Business Council hosted the first virtual American-Turkish Conference and the first conference following the integration of the American-Turkish Council within the U.S. Chamber. The conference served to unite senior business leaders and government officials from both countries in the absence of international travel. The U.S.-Turkey commercial relationship took center stage as a pillar of strength that will help boost the bilateral and global economic recovery, especially in light of the $100 billion bilateral trade goal. Public and private sector leaders showcased opportunities for greater U.S.-Turkey cooperation in key sectors such as construction, defense, energy, healthcare, supply chains and technology. The growing role of women in business was also featured and discussed.
The conference also paid tribute to General Brent Scowcroft, former Chairman of the American-Turkish Council, who passed away in August of this year. General Scowcroft served as National Security Advisor under President Gerald Ford and President George H.W. Bush. He was a staunch advocate for U.S.-Turkey commercial relations and his legacy and vision for the bilateral relationship live on.