History

TURKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation) is a non-governmental business organization, aiming to contribute to the development of regional, sectoral, and national economic policies. 

TURKONFED was established in 2004 as a nation-wide confederation, representing 6 federations and 69 associations. Today, it represents 20 federations and 141 associations. It has over 11,000 members who create a business volume of over 208 billion USD annually.

Member federations are established as regional and sectoral organizations. 17 regional federations of TURKONFED widely cover the country, allowing a national representation. In order to be in accordance with the European Union (EU), the confederation’s geographic distribution for these federations is based on “Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics Level 2” (NUTS 2).

The sectorel members of TURKONFED are working under three federations; Turkish Ceramics Federation (TSF), Construction Products Manufacturers’ Federation (YUF) and Federation of Industrial Associations (SEDEFED). Leading sectors, such as automotive, iron and steel, chemicals and transportation, are represented through SEDEFED.

The main issues of TURKONFED are regional development, vocational education and employment, competitiveness and innovation. In these areas, it leads academic and field studies, detects problems, generates solutions and shares its opinion with national counterparts. Furthermore, TURKONFED focuses on enhancing the structures and competitiveness of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) throughout Turkey.

TURKONFED is an associate member of The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) since 11th of February, 2014. UEAPME is the employers’ organization representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognized European Social Partner. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organization.

Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) played a leading role in TURKONFED’s establishment. Today, these two organizations conduct many projects in cooperation. In addition, TURKONFED is represented by TUSIAD in BUSINESSEUROPE.