It is my genuine pleasure as the Chairman of the Turkish-American Business Council (TAİK) to welcome you all to our website.
Turkey and the United States have had a long-standing partnership, characterized by shared values, ideals and objectives regionally and globally. These include the promotion of peace, democracy, freedom, and prosperity. Though there have been controversies in the past over issues of shared concern, our relationship has remained strong.
At the Turkish-American Business Council, our main aim is to build on these share values by improving bilateral trade, investment, and industrial cooperation between Turkey and the United States. Our organisation was formed in 1985 as Turkey’s first ever business council, and today, we remain committed to the same ideals and objectives that have driven our success over the last twenty-eight years.
It comes as no surprise now but it was a momentous event the world over when President Barack Obama travelled to Turkey for his first overseas visit in 2009. In his speech to the Turkish Parliament, he said, “Turkey is a critical ally.… And Turkey and the United States must stand together – and work together – to overcome the challenges of our time.” There is no better foundation on which to expand and deepen our ties and tackle the challenges that both our nations face than through strengthening our cooperation on trade, investment, and industrial relations.
Our efforts as TAİK are to define new ways and improving existing ones that the United States and Turkey work together to achieve a much more robust relationship in terms of business. Therefore, it is our utmost concern to continue building bridges between our countries that advance our business objectives, strengthen our economies, and improve the quality of our citizens’ lives.
By tripling its economy over the last decade, Turkey’s economic growth has impressed the world. The country has displayed unprecedented growth since the beginning of the 2000s, and incredible durability and stamina in these past few years. A carefully thought-out macroeconomic strategy as well as prudent fiscal policies and major structural reforms in effect since 2002 have all combined to help Turkey assimilate its economy into the globalised world, while transforming the country into one of the major recipients of FDI in its region. Some have even called this the “Turkish Miracle.” However, what we see is not a “miracle,” but rather an outcome of prudent policies implemented by the Turkish government over the past 10 years; and smart, creative, and entrepreneurial Turks and Americans taking advantage of these policies.
Turkey and the United States share a unique and special relationship, which, as coined by President Obama, is truly a “model partnership.” A central pillar of this relationship is our economic and commercial engagement. Sustaining economic growth is an important objective for both of our nations and strengthening our partnership and promoting investments is central to achieving it. Working together allows us to deepen our relationship and address shared problems. Both Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Obama are dedicated to enhancing corporate ties, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and expanding areas for cooperation in various fields of business.
Turkish-American economic ties have shown a surging trend in the last few years. However, there is ample room for significant growth in economic engagement between the two countries. Turkey is one of the most important emerging markets in world. The Turkish government has set a target to be among the top ten economies in the world by 2023, the centenary of the Turkish Republic. We believe that it is highly unlikely for Turkey to achieve this goal without making a significant leap in business relations with the United States.
I would like to invite you all to investigate our website to find out more about our activities. As the Turkish-American Business Council, we believe that the future belongs to a much closer cooperation between the United States and Turkey. We look forward to accomplishing our ideal with your support.
Kamil Ekim Alptekin