YASED’s Ankara Contacts in March
On the first day of their contacts in Ankara, YASED’s Board of Directors visited Mr. Fatih Kacır and Mr. Hasan Büyükdere, Deputy Ministers of Industry and Technology, and Mr. Osman Dinçbaş, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance, and Prof. Dr. Yavuz Atar, Deputy Chairman of Education and Training Policies Board of the Presidency.
On the second day of their contacts in Ankara, YASED’s Board of Directors met with Mr. R. Tuna Turagay and Mr. Sezai Uçarmak, Deputy Ministers of Ministry of Commerce, and Mr. Naci Ağbal, Head of Strategy and Budget Department of the Presidency, and Mr. Bülent Aksu, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance.
Within the scope of the contacts and meetings held under the guidance of Ms. Ayşem Sargın, Chairperson of YASED’s Board of Directors, the recent economic and political developments in our country and the expectations related therewith were evaluated, and our Association’s strategies for its new term, and views, opinions and suggestions of the international direct investors investing in Turkey regarding a sustainable growth in education, trade, finance and industry fields were discussed and negotiated, and YASED’s intention to continue acting in cooperation with the public administration at all times as a solution partner thereof was underlined.
Solution for qualified workforce demands of the industry:
Ms. Ayşem Sargın, Chairperson of YASED’s Board of Directors, made the following statement about the Association’s contacts in Ankara: “We, as YASED’s Board of Directors, have come together with the governmental representatives and held extremely productive and effective meetings in Ankara in the recent days. In the meetings, we briefed the respective ministries about the structural reforms required to be urgently put into effect in education, industry and finance fields in order to attract more direct investments into Turkey. In the talks held with Education and Training Policies Board of the Presidency, the issue of training the qualified workforce needed by the industry was addressed. We have stated that it has now become highly important for the government to make sure that vocational education curriculum also incorporates digitalization for the sake of development of workforce competencies in tandem with digital transformation in the industry. In the negotiations, another issue attached particular importance by YASED was also put on the table. With a view to enhancing the efficiency of university- industry cooperation, from the point of view of private sector and industrialists, we have uttered our suggestion for establishment of a Public – University – Industry Cooperation Center for development of a corporate model proposal specifically and uniquely for the conditions of Turkey.”
Positioning of Turkey as a regional hub:
Reminding that in their negotiations with the Ministry of Industry and Technology, they have also dealt with the speeding up of digital transformation activities in the industry, and the applicability of the existing incentives and supports on the basis of projects, Sargın continued by saying: “During our contacts and meetings, we informed our counterparts about our initiatives performed for positioning of our country as a regional center. We emphasized the importance of expansion of the scope of incentives granted for amplification of added value provided by multinational corporations via their R&D investments in Turkey. We also expressed our views on implementation of a correct localization model which will be helpful for upgrading R&D competencies of Turkey in global competition and for repositioning our country as an added value product and service supplier therein. We also declared our support for the goal of the Ministry of Industry and Technology regarding transformation of Organized Industrial Zones with a view to creating an ecosystem fit and convenient for further development of digitalization, innovation, R&D and entrepreneurship in our country. Accordingly, in particular, we also emphasized that implementation of Technology Development Programs, and establishment of institutes in universities for these areas, and construction of infrastructure required thereinfor will naturally contribute to industrial growth and development of Turkey. And we also submitted our suggestions with regard to the ‘2019-2023 Turkish Industrial Strategy Document’ recently started to be prepared within the Ministry.”
Ms. Sargın added that in their meetings with the Ministry of Treasury and Finance and the Strategy and Budget Department of the Presidency, they informed their counterparts about active support given by YASED’s members for the fight against current account deficit, and the inflation program of the economy management.
Pointing out that in the meetings, they had had the opportunity to deliver the opinions and suggestions of YASED about the monetary policies and the fight against current account deficit and inflation, Ms. Sargın also added: “As a part of the fight against inflation, our members continued their business operations by refraining from reflecting onto consumers the actual cost increases in production, thereby keeping their profitability at low levels. In the fight against inflation, we believe that prices of products may be further reduced and thus, a long-term solution may be created by reducing the rate of or totally removing the additional tax levied on a great many of products. Departing from this fact, we, as YASED, believe that within the frame of the principle of predictability which is essential for all investors, it is important for the government to negotiate with private sector on all kinds of amendments proposed to be made in the applicable laws and regulations, and to enact said amendments only after consultation with the private sector. We also expressed our wish to make contributions to the new term of the initiatives for the ‘Action Plan of Strategy for Fight Against the Informal Economy’ for the sake of better understanding of such amendments in tax, employment and national income dimensions as well.
Non-agreement Brexit option probability strengthened…
“Modernization of the Customs Union was also a topic in the meetings held in our Ankara visits”, says Sargın. “We believe that reinforcement of relations between Turkey and EU will offer significant opportunities to both sides. We are expecting Turkey to manage this process in the best manner possible within its European Union full membership perspective. Regarding Brexit, as at the current stage the ‘Non-agreement Brexit’ option’s probability has further strengthened, we deem it important for our country to proactively take the required precautions. We have shared with the respective authorities our technical opinions and suggestions in connection therewith. We, as the new board of directors of our Association, will give priority to enhance our representation and efficiency levels in all platforms, particularly in public administration. Accordingly, we intend to make country/region-focused changes in our structure as well, and we aim to contribute more actively to our government in its foreign activities and relations. Just as we have done so far, we will continue to work with ambition and determinedly as a solution partner of the public for more investments, production, exports and employment in our country.”