Turkey’s 15th Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) International Fair, MÜSİAD’s High Tech Port and the 18th International Business Forum (IBF) Congress was held under the patronage of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and opened by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
The event was held in conjunction with the 30th COMCEC (Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation) Summit from Nov. 26-30, 2014, at Istanbul’s CNR Expo Center. International fairs organized by MÜSİAD, a leading Turkish NGO, have been held in Turkey since 1993 and are known to be the biggest general trade fairs.
Previous sessions of the major events, such as the one that took place from Oct. 10-14, 2012 in Istanbul, brought together 5,140 international businessmen from 92 countries and 33 ministers from 27 countries along with 150,000 local visitors and 383 domestic and international exhibitors from 18 countries. The guests gathered in 45,000 square meters of indoor space spread over five halls.
This year, the events enriched with the remarks of ministers and the input of academics, public authorities and experts discussing topics under titles such as: Paradigm Shift: Neo-Financial Drifts, IBF Panel Sessions, Country and Project Presentations, Sectoral Business Matching Sessions, High Tech CEO Forum, Regional Business Forums in different Anatolian Cities, Traditional Handcrafts and Arts Exhibit, and Exhibitors in all Sectors and Country Pavilions. High Tech Port will accommodate new technologies and projects in one hall which is 4,400 square meters in size. The global summit, which brought 7,000 foreign businessmen from 102 countries and 200,000 domestic visitors, was supported by the Turkish Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Development as well as other international and domestic respected organizations.
This was the first International Fair that MUSIAD USA attended. MUSIAD USA displayed the logos of their members at their stand. Many of the participants stopped by the MUSIAD USA stand to obtain more information about the US market. Our Executive Director Mr. Ibrahim Uyar was an active participant in the fair and he was available to provide answers to the questions of the visitors that stopped by the MUSAID USA stand. During the fair MUSIAD USA members had a chance to interact with businessmen from the globe. President Mr. Mustafa Tuncer encouraged the investors to come and experience business in the US first hand. Mr. Tuncer noted that MUSIAD USA is interested in representing Turkish companies in US markets, and that as an organization MUSIAD USA is willing to support businessmen to the best of their ability.