By organising Study Visits, the TEBD project offers participants from Chambers of Commerce and Industry (and Commodity Exchanges) in the European Union and Turkey the possibility to improve their knowledge and understanding of each other’s business communities and the opportunities that exist for cooperation and trade between businesses in Turkey and those in the EU Member States.

In the framework of the TEBD project, 4 four-day Study Visits are taking place in Turkey for executives from Chambers and/or Commodity Exchanges based in the EU Member States, and another 4 four-day Study Visits are being organised in the EU Member States for executives from Turkish Chambers and/or Commodity Exchanges. Each Study Visit has a specific focus, which can be thematic or sectoral. The themes are chosen taking into account the initiatives of EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB and the policy priorities of their members.

Each Study Visit includes presentations from and visits to various organisations and/or clusters, as well as site visits to companies that have a particular expertise in relation to the topic or sector that is the focus of the whole Study Visit. The programme of each Study Visit is tailored to the specific expectations and interests of the participants. Around 12 executives from Chambers and/or Commodity Exchanges can take part in each Study Visit.

The main aims of the TEBD Study Visits are as follows:

  • Creating opportunities for networking and dialogue between representatives of the business communities in Turkey and the European Union.
  • Offering the possibility to learn “on site” from other Chambers in both sides (EU -TR);
  • Enhancing the knowledge and understanding of Turkey’s economy within the EU Chamber network and business community – and vice versa;
  • Increasing the institutional capacity of the participating Chambers in relation to a specific topic or sector;

TEBD Completed Study Visits (2019-2021)

1st Study Visit in Europe: Paris (France) & Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Topic : Digitalisation
Location : Paris (France) & Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Date : 28-31 January 2019
Hosted by : CCI France (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of France) & NETUBA (Netherlands Turkish Business Association)
Objective :

The overall objective of the Study Visit was to allow Turkish Chambers’ representatives to obtain a better understanding of the role of Chambers of Commerce & Industry in the digital revolution, learn about best practices, and discover innovative digital services. The Study Visit included training sessions and site visits linked to the topic of digitalisation.

Related Article : Study Visit in Paris & Amsterdam
Pictures : Study Visit to the EU #1
List of Participants : Study Visit Participants List
Programme : Study Visit Programme

2nd Study Visit in Europe: Brussels (Belgium)

Topic : EU Funding & Programmes
Location : Brussels (Belgium)
Date : 2-5 July 2019
Hosted by : CCI Belgium (Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce)
Objective :

The overall objective of this Study Visit was to allow Turkish Chambers’ representatives to obtain a better understanding on the funding opportunities offered by EU Programmes, and how Turkish Chambers and their members can benefit from them. The Study Visit included the participation in the Connecting European Chambers event, which brought together representatives of some 100 European Chambers for a one-day conference that focused on EU programmes which are relevant for Chambers.

Related Article : Study Visit in Brussels
Pictures : Study Visit to the EU #2
List of Participants : Study Visit Participants List
Programme : Study Visit Programme

3rd Study Visit in Europe: Riga (Latvia) & Tallinn (Estonia)

Topic : Business Cooperation between Turkey and the Baltic States
Location : Riga (Latvia) & Tallinn (Estonia)
Date : 27-31 January 2020
Hosted by : Latvia CCI (Latvia Chamber of Commerce and Industry) & Estonia CCI (Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
Objective :

The overall objective of this Study Visit was to allow Turkish Chambers’ representatives to obtain a better understanding of the business cooperation and opportunities between Turkey and the Baltic States, and how Turkish Chambers and their members can benefit from them. The participants had also the opportunity to promote the Turkish market and its opportunities, to present the main areas for potential future cooperation as well as to promote their own regions and organisations.

Related Article : TEBD Study Visit to Latvia and Estonia
Pictures : Study Visit to the EU #3
List of Participants : Study Visit Participants List
Programme : Study Visit Programme

1st Study Visit in Turkey: İstanbul

Topic : Ports & Logistics
Location : İstanbul (Turkey)
Date : 25 February – 1 March 2019
Hosted by : TEBD & TOBB
Objective :

The overall objective of this Study Visit was to allow EU Chamber representatives to obtain a better understanding of the importance of the Ports and Logistics industry in Turkey, and the opportunities for EU business. The Study Visit included several presentations from the sector, as well as a site visit to the new Istanbul Airport (largest airport in the world).

Related Article : Study Visit in İstanbul
Pictures : Study Visit to Turkey #1 and TEBD Business Dialogue
List of Participants : Study Visit Participants List
Programme : Study Visit Programme

2nd Study Visit in Turkey: İzmir

Topic : Textile & Footwear Sector
Location : İzmir (Turkey)
Date : 25-29 November 2019
Hosted by : TEBD & TOBB (Supported by: İzmir Chamber of Commerce & Aegean Region Chamber of Industry)
Objective :

The objective of this Study Visit was to allow EU Chambers’ representatives to obtain a better understanding of the importance of the Textile and Footwear sector in Turkey, and the opportunities for cooperation and trade between businesses in Turkey and those in the EU Member States.

Clothing and textiles are among the most important manufacturing sectors in the Turkish economy in terms of GDP, employment and exports. Among Turkish cities, Izmir is the second biggest exporter of textile products, while the EU is the largest trade partner of Turkey in terms of textile products.

The participants also had the opportunity to learn about the shoes sector in Izmir, which has a dominant role with an export share in Aegean Region of 80% and a total value of 53,3 million USD.

Related Article : TEBD Study Visit to İzmir
Pictures : Study Visit to Turkey #2
List of Participants : Study Visit Participants List
Programme : Study Visit Programme

3rd Study Visit in Turkey: Online

Topic : TEBD Women Entrepreneurs Forum
Location : Online
Event Website : TEBD Women Entrepreneurs Forum Website
Date : 23-24-25 November 2020
Hosted by : TEBD & TOBB
Objective :

The Forum was a gathering of women entrepreneurs, policymakers, international financial Institutions, EU & Turkish Chambers, and so on. The aim was to discuss and promote a constructive dialogue between the Women Entrepreneurs from Turkey and the EU while allowing participants to build their networks, as well as polish their skills and expand their knowledge.

Related Article : TEBD Women Entrepreneurs Forum News Article
Pictures : TEBD Women Entrepreneurs Forum Flickr Album
Number of Participants : 4,858 Participants and Viewers
Programme : Programme – Women Entrpreneurs Forum

4th Study Visit in Turkey: Online

Topic : TEBD Agri-Food Forum
Location : Online
Event Website : TEBD Agri-Food Forum Website
Date : 21-22 April 2021
Hosted by : TEBD
Objective :

The TEBD Agri-Food Forum gathered industry leaders, policymakers, farmers, Agri-Food supply chain actors, organizations, SMEs, and other public institutions, allowing them to debate on key topics in the field of Agri-Food through 4 different sessions, panel discussions, and interactive round-tables.

Related Article : TEBD Agri-Food Forum News Article
Pictures : TEBD Agri-Food Forum Flickr Album
Number of Participants : 558 Participants and Viewers
Programme : Programme – TEBD Agri-Food Forum