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World Economic Forum in Turkey

Connecting Regions - Creating New Opportunities
Istanbul, Turkey 23-24 November

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey"We want a Europe where there is a reconciliation of civilizations... We are not considering an introverted Turkey or an introverted economy. We want to be open to the world and we want to establish a peaceful world."
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, Annual Meeting 2005 of the World Economic Forum, Davos

With the start of EU accession talks, Turkey has entered a new stage of economic and political development, which will require many tough choices. With its strategic position as a hub bridging Europe with the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans, Turkey’s adjustment process will have major implications for the whole region, and will at the same time open up new opportunities.

Together with a booming domestic market and sustained growth rates, the ongoing accession-related reforms will provide the basis for a prolonged surge in trade and investment in both Turkey and adjacent regions.

The questions of how to unlock this potential and meet the related challenges will be at the centre of this exclusive gathering, which is co-hosted by the Government of Turkey and open to a select group of 250 key business executives from the region, as well as Partners and Members of the World Economic Forum.

Why should I participate?
The meeting will be unique as it will:

  • bring together international and local business leaders, government officials as well as representatives from the media, academia and civil society, with the main purpose of assessing Turkey’s choices and examining their implications for the country and beyond;
  • foster discussion on the FDI environment, market opportunities and the business aspects of EU accession;
  • focus on investment opportunities in key sectors of interest to the Forum’s Partners and Members, both in Turkey and the region;
  • identify Turkey’s long-term competitive advantages and work out action steps to boost its competitiveness in the global economy;
  • create insight and assess challenges related to the region’s geopolitical role, using the World Economic Forum’s work on Global Risks and Scenario Building;
  • provide a multistakeholder platform to advance intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

    Sessions will be held in English; simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Turkish in certain sessions.
    Registration closes 1 November.

    For more information, please contact:
    Thomas Berglund
    Participant Relations Manager
    Tel.: +41 (0)22 869 1212
    Fax: +41 (0)22 786 2744
    E-mail: turkey@weforum.org

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