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Turkish visit to Silesia in October

For Poles, Turkey is associated mainly with sunny coasts of Alanya and Bodrum. We also recognize Istambul as a city of two continents and movie plan from the last James Bond movie. About Turkish cuisine we know that mainly it’s kebab, but for sure not like the one from polish streets.  Meanwhile Turkey is 19th economy of the world, military power and primarily large domestic market with population of 76 mln people.

 Strefa przemysłowa w Ankarze

Industrial zone in Ankara

Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowiceis one of the biggest chambers of commerce in the country and the organizer of one of the biggest business event for SME sector in Europe: European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises in Katowice. From 14th to 19th of June 2015 the economic mission of Silesian representatives to Turkey took place, organized by CCI in Katowice with co-operation with the Trade and Investment Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ankara. The aim of the mission was to establish permanent cooperation with Turkish market, to sign agreement about mutual cooperation and to invite Turkish businesses to Polandfor V ECSME, which will be held in Katowiceon 12th-14th October 2014.

Development strategy of Turkey states, that from 2023 (100th anniversary of the Republic) Turkey will be the 10th economy of the world in terms of GDP. It is based on a plan for export growth and cooperation with foreign partners. Turkey is still the main Polish partner from the Middle East and Asia. According to statistical data from 2013, in terms of export to Turkey, Turkey had 19th place and in terms of import from Turkey, it had 20th place. We mainly export mechanical and electrical appliances, vehicles, products of the chemical industry and convenience food. We import materials and textile products, vehicles and mechanical and electrical appliances. Turks express very positive opinions about our country and they very willingly cooperate with us, therefore we need to take this opportunity. – says Przemysław Grzywa, Vice-Chairman of the CCI in Katowice Council’s Commission for International Economic Cooperation, organizer of economic mission to Turkey.

The strength of Turkish market is high birth rate, growing purchasing power of society and capital and commercial ties with EU countries. Turkey is a gate for companies interested in Southern Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East markets. Lower unemployment than in Poland, high state expenses for infrastructure development and GDP growth in recent years shows that Turkey is an interesting market for foreign investors. Potential of industry growth is noted in industries such as: automotive, building, energy, ICT, agri-food and agro-technical, medical, environmental protection and armament.

The result of the mission is to establish contacts with Turkish organizations which represent business, local self-governments and government administration. Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice signed cooperation agreements with Chambers of Commerce from Tarsus and Mersin and invited entrepreneurs from these cities for the Congress in Katowice. The cooperation agreement was also signed with the biggest Chamber of Industry in Turkey in Ankara, which associates over 7 thousand manufacturing companies from all over the country. Representatives of Silesia had also meeting with authorities from visited cities. In Ankara, serious declaration was made about willing to sign the cooperation agreement with capitals of our countries, which could happen during the Congress of SME in Katowice. Similar declaration was made by the management of KOSBEG, government agency for promoting SME, which has the same role as the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and has jurisdiction under over 3, 2 million small and medium-size enterprises in Turkey. It is very possible that during the Congress of SME cooperation agreement will be sign between KOSBEG and Polish PAED.

Podpisanie umowy pomiędzy RIG a Mersin

Signing cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Commerce in Mersin. From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; Kasim Tanriover, Vice-president of the Board.

Podpisanie  umowy pomiędzy RIG a Tarsus

Signing cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Commerce in Tarsus.  From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice;  H. Ruci Kocak, President of the Board.


Signing cooperation agreement with The Chamber of Industry in Ankara.  From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; Mehmet Zahid Poyraz, Member of the Board.

Turkey is a very important business partner for us, so it wasn’t a coincidence that we organize economic mission to this country. The Congress of SME in October which we organize as CCI is not only an area for the exchange of ideas, experiences and good practice but most of all business contacts and it seems that in this year Congress will participate strong representation of our partners from Turkey interested in cooperation with Polish entrepreneurs – comments Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI and the head of the mission in which except from entrepreneurs also took part inter alia representatives of Marshall Office, Silesian Investor and Exporter Assistance Centre, Special Economic Zone in Katowice.


Mer miasta Mersin przyjmuje brokat
From the left: Tomasz Zjawiony and Mayor of the city Mersin

Agencja Rozwoju w Ankarze

From the left: Przemysław Grzywa, Vice -Chairman of the CCI in Katowice Council’s Commission for International Economic Cooperation ; Tomasz Zjawiony, Vice-president of CCI in Katowice; Seref Furkan Ceylan – Expert, Development Agency in Ankara.


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