Further Steps Towards Better Promotion of Turkey in the U.K

Süleyman KOCASERT, Deputy Chairman of Turkish Exporters Assembly and President of DENIB, Sadiye BAYKENT, department manager in DENIB and Binhan OĞUZ BERKSOY, Founder and Manager of Strateko Consultancy visited Emma EDHEM, Chairman of TBCCI and Yavuz SÖKMEN, Chief Executive Officer of TBCCI on 26 February 2015.

The Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, TBCCI, was founded in 1980 as a non-profit making organization to provide its members with a wide range of services targeted at promoting bilateral trade, investment and joint ventures between the UK and Turkey.

Emma EDHEM mentioned that TBCCI works closely with the Council of Foreign Chambers of Commerce in the UK, British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, Business Links, Commercial Departments of Turkish and British Embassies, Turkish Consulate, MEA (Middle East Association), regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry and NGO's in UK and Turkey.

Furthermore, The Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry maintains relations with the All Party British Parliamentary Turkey group at the House of Commons and is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce.

During the meeting further cooperation with TBCCI to promote Turkish Towels in the UK market has been thoroughly discussed. Yavuz SÖKMEN explained how mutual cooperation and assistance for Turkish companies to develop their business in the UK is provided via services such as document, support news-events, web site assistance and all chamber services/products.

The chamber has organized many seminars till now : Doing Business In Turkey for British Investors and Traders, Turkey Food and Drink Initative,Food, Standards Agency - How to Import Turkish Food to UK, Health Standards (Health Travel to Turkey), Hi-tech Data Center. The 6th UK- Turkey Business Forum will be held in September 2015 in İstanbul and Ankara. It is also decided in the meeting that both parts will form close cooperation regarding the participation to such forums.

Emma EDHEM, who is also barrister and deputy head of International Law in Chambers No5, indicated that Chamber No5 offers a broad base of business law and international trade services. Furthermore, cooperation possibilities with related establishments will be checked within sector representatives in the chamber.

The necessity for a more comprehensible and enforceable domestic legal to overcome domestic problems stemmed from difference of British legal system was on the agenda as well and Emma EDHEM emphasized that they were working on amendments.

Moreover, she explained that Ministry of Industry and Commerce is aware of the fact that Single entry visa treatments for specific dates and the visa process in UK slow the UK economy down and that such treatments and processes should be revised. Most authorities agree that tourist visa must be enough to do business in UK.


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