TÜRKONFED meets with Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers

TÜRKONFED's Board of Directors met with Deputy Prime Ministers Mehmet Şimşek and Tuğrul Türkeş along with Ministers Nihat Zeybekci, Lütfi Elvan and Bülent Tüfenkci to present TÜRKONFED's policy proposals.

TÜRKONFED's Board of Directors participated in a series of talks held in Ankara on the 22-23 of June 2016, which were headed by Tarkan Kadooğlu. Deputy Prime Ministers Mehmet Şimşek and Tuğrul Türkeş along with the Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, the Minister of Development Lütfi Elvan, the Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkci and TÜRKONFED's delegation shared the table to discuss policy proposals on particular economic and strucutural reforms. Many fields were discussed, from the modernization of the Customs Union brought by TTIP, the importance of the rule of law, to other topics such as terrorism, the relations with the neighboring countries and the progress in EU relations in matters of shared policy proposals.

The TÜRKONFED delegation for the meeting was headed by TÜRKONFED's President, Tarkan Kadooğlu, who was joined by the vice-presidents Ali Avcı, Hasan Kamil Hayali, Ali Tekin Çelik, along with the board members Senan İdin, Faruk Ekinci, Abdülnasır Duyan, Alper Yahya Bektaş, Aydın Bandırma, Ahmet Kurt and Ismet Açikgöz. The delegation had the opportunity to share and discuss the problems that are faced in the different sectors and regions, to which the ministers of Economy, Development, and Customs and Trade promised to work on fixing. 

During the meetings Tarkan Kadooğlu went on and stated that “TÜRKONFED does not limit its activity to meeting rooms, but it also works on the field. Along with our 24 federations and 186 associations we transmitted our views on the fields of economy, foreign policy, social and community life, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and in terms of rights and freedoms to the deputy prime ministers and the ministers sharing our concerns over the challenges this country faces as we provided recommendations to tackle these problems”

TÜRKONFED’s policy proposals included:

  • The need to give time to the Economic Structural Reform
  • An economic model based on industry and production
  • SMEs should be supported for High Value-Added Production
  • Economic feedback should be taken in the regulations concerning the business world
  • Weight should be given to regional and local development
  • Without democracy there cannot be economic development
  • The construction of development agencies must be addressed once again
  • The importance of the TTIP wharves model
  • The special needs of SMEs over Customs Union should be addressed