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SME Workshop hosted by Bursa Commodity Exchange (23 September 2020)

Within the scope of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project, Bursa Commodity Exchange (Turkey) hosted an SME Workshop on “New Business Models and Techniques in the formation of New Strategies for Exporting to the European Market during the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The workshop attracted around 33 participants and was opened by Mr Fehmi Yıldız , Secretary General of Bursa Commodity Exchange. Mr Mutlu Yılmaz, Foreign Trade Consultant and Trainer & Academician, participated as a speaker and provided insightful information about the problems caused by the Customs Union in exports to European Union countries, different strategies to be followed in exports in the pandemic process, and new business models and alternative marketing techniques. The TEBD project was presented by Ms Oya Ersöz, TEBD Project Director.

Among the participants were, Mr Özer Matlı, Bursa Commodity Exchange President of the Board of Directors & Board Member of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB); Mr Gökhan Onur, Vice President of the Assembly; Ms Sevgi Saygın, President of TOBB Bursa Women Entrepreneurs Board & Women Entrepreneurs Board Eastern Marmara Region Representative; Mr İbrahim Özmen, President of TOBB Bursa Young Entrepreneurs Board & Eastern Marmara Region Young Entrepreneurs Board Representative; and SMEs that are members of Bursa Commodity Exchange.

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Monitoring Visit (14 September 2020)

The Monitoring Visits are continued successfully by TEBD Project Director, Ms Oya ERSÖZ, to the project “Twinning for Digitalization (T4D)” implemented by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (Istanbul CC), Turkey in partnership Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Paris IdF CCI), France. It is one of 19 partnerships projects which is supported by the European Union in the framework of the TEBD project.

The aim of this TEBD Chamber Partnership Project is to strengthen the capacity of Istanbul CC to provide advice and support to SMEs, in order help them access the benefits of digital technologies – including online marketing and e-commerce. In particular, the project partners are sharing knowledge and expertise that Paris IdF CCI has gained through the development of its own digital support service network under the label of “Les Digiteurs”.

An ecosystem for the Digital Transformation of SMEs is intended to be realized in the partnership of Istanbul CC and Paris IdF CCI and the positive impacts of the T4D project are expected to spread beyond Istanbul to other parts of Turkey, as knowledge and best practices are disseminated. Moreover, the T4D partners hope that their project will make a crucial contribution not only to the digitalization of companies but also to the strengthening of mutual knowledge and understanding between the Turkish and EU business communities.

Istanbul Chamber of Industry Monitoring Visit (11 September 2020)

This work week ended with a Monitoring Visit to the TEBD Chamber Partnership project “Transfer of best practices through structural dialogue for capacity development in the fields of digitization and industry-university collaboration”, carried out by TEBD Project Director Ms Oya ERSÖZ.

The TEBD Chamber Partnership project is coordinated by Istanbul Chamber of Industry (Turkey) in partnership with the Union of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts of Lombardy (Italy).

The aim of the project is to support close collaboration and bilateral exchanges between Turkish Chambers and their counterparts in the EU in order to support the integration of European and Turkish business communities and contribute to Turkey’s EU accession process by means of sharing experience and knowledge.

For more information on the project ➡️ https://isotebd.com/en/home_/

Kocaeli Chamber of Industry Monitoring Visit (10 September 2020)

The TEBD Director, Ms Oya ERSÖZ conducted the third Monitoring Visit to Kocaeli Chamber of Industry to review and discuss their Chamber Partnership project titled “Developing a new service for Turkish Chamber on coaching companies on energy efficiency”.

This project has been developed and implemented by Kocaeli Chamber of Industry (Turkey) in partnership with Walloon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Belgium). It is one of 19 partnerships projects which is supported by the European Union in the framework of the TEBD project.

The overall objective of the project is to raise regional awareness to contribute to the successful implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Policy of the Turkish Government, and thereby contribute to Turkey’s “National Energy Efficiency Action Plan” which is aligned with the objectives of EU Directive 2012/27/EU.

For more information about the project and its activities ➡️ http://www.enerjiverimliligi.org/

SME Workshop hosted by the Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce (2 September 2020)


On 2 September 2020, in the framework of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) project, the Czech
Republic Chamber of Commerce (Hospodářská komora České republiky) hosted a successful virtual SME Workshop on “Business Opportunities for Czech Companies in Turkey in times of COVID-19”.

The workshop was opened by Mr. Radek Jakubský, the Vice President of the Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce and attracted around 22 participants. The TEBD project was presented by Ms Oya Ersöz, TEBD Project Director.

Mr Jiří Čistecký, the Consul General at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Istanbul, Turkey talked about the Current Economic Situation in Turkey in times of COVID-19. Turkey is one of the Czech Republic’s traditional trading partners and is currently the 6th most important non-EU trading partner of the Czech Republic.The main export items are mainly cars and their components, machinery and equipment, and the developing IT sector. This was followed by Mr Jan Ondřejka, the Commercial Counselor/Deputy Head of Mission at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Istanbul, Turkey sharing detailed information about Opportunities to Grow: the Turkey-Czech Trade and Investment relationship and Trade in Goods and Services: Possibilities and Restrictions. Mr Zbyněk Drugda, Sales Area Manager at ŠKODA Transportation a.s continued by sharing his knowledge and authentic experience on Doing Business in Turkey. He talked about the Market Characteristic, Market barriers, the Current Situation and Business Outlook, and gave examples of Successful Business Cases.

In the framework of the TEBD Chamber Partnership Project, Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry is coordinating a project in partnership with the Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce on “Strengthening of EU-Turkey Business Bridges through more cooperation and comprehension of the EU”. Mr Oğuz Sandıkçı, Manager of Foreign Affairs at Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated as a speaker providing participants information on the project, its activities, and the Samsun region in Turkey.

For more information on the TEBD Chamber Partnership Project ➡️ http://www.dahafazlaisbirligi.com/

Following the SME Workshop, the Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce is organizing a Study Visit to Samsun, Turkey between 23 and 27 September 2020 in the framework of their TEBD Chamber Partnership Project with Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Study Visit is focused on the sectors of agriculture, food, construction, furniture, engineering, automotive, IT, logistics, health, and agriculture.

For more information on the Study Visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/32QYnep

 

 

Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Monitoring Visit (28 August 2020)

The third #TEBD Monitoring Visits to the Black Sea Region in Turkey ended with a visit to Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Trabzon CCI) monitoring their project on the topic of “Intereuropean Concept Innovation Network.” Ms. Oya Ersöz from TEBD and Ms. Burcu Atılgan from TOBB were warmly welcomed by Mr. M.Suat Hacısalihoğlu, Trabzon CCI President and Mr. Ali Rıza Kul, Trabzon CCI Secretary General.

The project has been developed and implemented by Trabzon CCI in partnership with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria) and the Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (Lithuania). It is one of 19 Chamber Partnership projects involving Chambers in Turkey and Chambers in the EU Member States supported by the European Union in the framework of TEBD.


Trabzon CCI puts great importance in innovation and with the implementation of this project and the cooperation of their partners, the aim is to enhance the capacity of all three Chambers and their associates to improve and diversify the services provided in the field of innovation management, IPR, design and commercialization through the network established, and to promote development of culture and spirit of innovative entrepreneurship by providing training’s, consultancy services, and exchanging of knowledge and best practices.

Trabzon CCI moves forward with the vision of Trabzon, Turkey becoming the center of producing value-added products and services with innovative and technological sustainable investments that contribute to the region’s and Turkey’s international investment and competition. One of the ways to evolve on this subject is Trabzon CCI organizing an Innovative Entrepreneurship Competition in the framework of their TEBD Chamber Partnership Project. Within this competition entrepreneurs are given an opportunity to introduce their entrepreneurial ideas in Bulgaria and Lithuania to a wider audience ensuring that experiences and good practices are shared, commercialization opportunities are explored in these countries, and added value is created.

Other activities that are implaemented within the framework of the project are Study Visits, Trainings, and Technology and Innovation Conferences.

For more information on the project and activities ➡️  https://tr.conceptinnovation.network/