Members of the Marmara Business Life Associations Federation (MARİFED), one of the founding federations of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), have established a vital cooperation network among each other after a two-day meeting in İstanbul.
The Business Development Platform 2007, held on Sept. 8 and 9 at the WOW Hotels & Convention Center in İstanbul, brought together 200 firms to showcase their goods and services for over 4,000 visiting entrepreneurs.
The organization aimed to increase business relations between entrepreneurs and provide a base to establish common interests in foreign trade while developing the potential of the Marmara region. Ahmet Ciğer, chairman of MARİFED, said many industrialists have to import goods which they could have bought from the domestic market due to the lack of dialogue and a healthy flow of information among businessmen. In his speech at the forum's inauguration session, "The platform is purporting to make us see what we can't see by bring us together with ourselves. Starting this year, we will arrange this activity every year," said Ciğer.
Chairman of the İstanbul Chamber of Industry (İSO) Tanıl Küçük also spoke on the first day of the occasion, asserting that such organizations are underlining the importance of "cooperation and joining forces." These will contribute a lot to the development of exports as well as the industry itself, he added. Küçük went on to say: "In these days, when being a global player has become an obligation, we need bigger ships to safely sail in the bumpy route of global trade."
Murat Yalçıntaş, chairman of the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO), also made some assessments in his address to the participants. Finding or starting a business is never enough, Yalçıntaş said, adding that sustainability is also a very important ingredient for success. Complaining will earn companies nothing he opined, and emphasized the necessity of being positive and looking for solutions rather than dealing with problems only. "Therefore all companies have to be ardent followers of such organizations to be able to reach the remotest corners of the domestic and global markets." İstanbul Governor Muammer Güler was the keynote speaker. Güler stated expanding the "economy pie" is one of the most important foundational blocks of social peace and prosperity. "The idea of earning money out of money is over now," Güler said, insisting that only producers will survive to the end.
Ciğer summarized the platform's aim by saying: "The heart of the Turkish economy is Marmara, but there is a lack of communication among the businessmen within the region. We've established the first meeting to deal with these kinds of problems. We continue to offer practical solutions to entrepreneurs." Those running stands at the business platform also declared their satisfaction with the event. The major sectors of the fair were food, machinery, textiles and construction. Graniser, Destek Patent, Şule Otomotiv, Işık Sigorta, Bank Asya, Polaris and Fırat Plastic were among the major attendees. Yalçıntaş and İstanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Union (İTKİB) President Süleyman Orakçıoğlu gave seminars for young entrepreneurs during the program.
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