The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce has started a 7 steps action plan which aims to transform Istanbul to the center of commerce and investment on a Global level. The President of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, İbrahim Caglar stated that, “We are taking a global step for Istanbul and Turkish economics with the power of our more than 356.000 members.”
Istanbul Chamber of Commerce took action to make Istanbul a global center of attraction through a comprehensive campaign. Istanbul Finance Center is strong supported by the Government and is mainly focused by the Central Bank and other financial corporations. Istanbul Finance Center will take the most efficient support from ‘Istanbul, The Capital of Money’ project of ICC.
By the leap of ICC, Istanbul will be transformed to an active commerce center on a Global level and will be the capital of money through the new Global vision of the World with its strategic and central location. It will also become a center of attraction for the investments and financial resources of the world.
MORE ADDED VALUE WILL FLOW
İbrahim Caglar, President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce stated that “We implement brand new projects which will create an overwhelming impression on international scale. We gathered various projects that we have been working on for a while and we added this under the concept of ‘2015 Global Vision’.
FIT WITH ISTANBUL
Caglar continued his speech with “We aim to increase the added value and wealth flows from the world to Istanbul and from Istanbul to the rest of Turkey. Therefore, we will forward an important amount of financial resources of the world to Istanbul and Turkey. We are taking a global step for Istanbul and Turkey economics together with the power of more than 356.000 of our members. Hereby, we can call Istanbul ‘The Capital of Money’. We know that money is the most important symbol of power for all Governments and also the reputations of all nations. No doubt, Istanbul is the only city that is fit and suitable with this power and reputation.”
Caglar, who emphasized that they have created 7 projects for Istanbul, also determined that 2015 Global Vision Studies consist of 7 main steps as inspired from Istanbul being built originally on 7 main hills.
1. 3,5 MILLION BUSINESSMEN ABROAD
ICC gathers various commercial companies of Istanbul together in “The Union of Chambers of Commerce”. The Union of Chambers of Commerce will be established towards this aim. This union will gather important chambers of commerce in the world which include the potential businessmen who may be able yo invest in Istanbul and business men in Istanbul can sell their products in this network as well. Caglar, who emphasized that this union will be under presidency of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, declared that “We will bring 3.5 million businessmen together with our 356.000 members.” He also underlines that they will establish a Chambers of Commerce Platform through gathering important chambers of commerce of the world in accordance with this action plan that they have prepared. Caglar also determined that they will lead a ‘Chambers of Commerce Summit’ which will be organized in Istanbul every year where the future and the problems of the world commerce will be discussed.
2. ISTANBUL, GLOBAL CENTER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Caglar mentioned that Istanbul will settle as the main focus for investors while becoming a global commerce center and the Capital of Money. He said “Istanbul which is the center of finance, real estate and tourism is rising through its mega projects, history and culture. It is also raising its investors and promising the future to them as it is rising itself. Now it is time to share this potential with the whole world.” President Caglar explained their vision for global investors as “We will lead the search for local and global investors for business ideas of the future by ICC Global Entrepreneurship Center that will be established in our Chamber. Following this aim, we will arrange commercial mission trips to the heart of the most improved economies. Besides, we will open an ICC Investment Center in the Istanbul Finance Center. We will organize an Istanbul Week at the world’s most important metropolis cities to promote these studies.”
3. ISTANBUL, CITY OF BUSINESS FAIRS AND CONGRESSES
Caglar also emphasized that they maintained ‘Fair and Congress City Istanbul’ concept as the 3rd project of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and stated “as From now on, Istanbul is also playing as the main actor in in world’s fair business. Initially, we will focus on bringing the most important fairs of the World to Istanbul. Through these fairs and congresses we will meet the investors who visit Istanbul with investment temptation of the city. As we will host foreign press members in Istanbul, we will also provide first level communication that encourages investment to Istanbul for the fair and congress participants.” Caglar, who also stated that they will rapidly start the second level construction of IDTM Fair Center, continued as “We will arrange regular informative meetings with tour operators and World Commerce Centers.
4. ALL SHOPPING OF THE WORLD IS FROM ISTANBUL
Caglar emphasized that ‘Istanbul Shopping Fest’ is the 4th leg of these Global Vision Projects and they focused on globalization activities at the 5th year of Istanbul Shopping Fair. He continued as “We focus on studies which will transform Istanbul to a giant shopping mall in 2015. We prepared quite a different Shopping Fest with a sincere Global vision. We will spread the perception that ‘It is the most ideal time to visit Istanbul’ inside the chosen target audience during the ISF period. To support this, we will run different studies to increase the number of foreign tourists during the ISF period and this will enable regular increase on foreign tourist expense per person.”
Caglar emphasized that they give high importance for the festival to be spread all around Istanbul by organizing special events, concerts, visual shows and advantage campaigns on shopping though dividing the city into main regions. Caglar also determined that they are working on special tour packages for foreign visitors through the ‘Shop’n fun’ slogan.
5. THE PEOPLE WHO LEAD THE WORLD ECONOMY ARE IN ISTANBUL
Caglar stated that Turkey’s G20 Leadership also creates important opportunities for ICC’s ‘New Vision of Istanbul’. He continued as “Decisions that changed the world have always been thought, designed and written in Istanbul. Today, the people who lead the money of the world come together again in Istanbul.” Caglar also declared that world’s famous economists, CEOs, state presidents and head bureaucrats will be among the most important guests in ‘The Meeting of people who lead the money’ which will be realized in Istanbul Chamber of Commerce throughout G20 Summit where Turkey will be the Host Country.
Caglar stated that they will arrange conferences by the concept of ‘The people who lead the World Economy meet in Istanbul’ and they will bring important visitors together with ICC members as part of Business 20 and G20.
6. ISTANBUL IS THE INNOVATIVE POWER OF THE WORLD
Caglar emphasized that ‘Istanbul will be The Innovative Power of the World by the new vision of ICC’. He continued “As Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, we are increasing the Global competition power of our country and business world through giant projects which we have created to service our members and the Turkish economy. He stated that there is income inequity all around the world, he continued as “We are making preparations for an international platform to be established and to be approved in international public opinion such as UNESCO and UNICEF to attract attention to global income inequity globally. Moreover, we aim a new free trade agreement to be established for providing free trade between Europe, Russia and Middle East, Far East and Southern Hemisphere countries like Africa.”
7. 2023 VISION OF TRADE
Caglar stated that ‘Istanbul Strategy and Action Plan’ is to be established which reveals the visions for 2023 and targets of the Turkish trade which is stated in the 7th step Global Vision Project. He said “We aim a Strategy and Action Plan that was prepared by Istanbul Chamber of Commerce to be accepted by all sides and new visions to be designed. Caglar emphasized that they want to reveal this study as a guide to the roadmap designed for Turkish economy as a part of the Governmental targets for 2023. The Year 2023 is the year when the Lausanne Peace Threaty will finilize which was signed 100 year ago on 24th of July 1923 in Lausanne, Switzerland by Ottoman Empire, the Allied British Empire, France, Italy, Japan, Greece and Romania