Holland-Turkey Business Forum 2016, The Hague/Netherlands
The Netherlands has the third
largest number of Turkish origin population hosted in an EU member country. A
population of over 500,000 people living in this country function as a bridge
of culture and economic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands. The
commercial activities between the two countries have displayed an outstanding
performance in recent years, during which period parties succeeded to increase
their mutual trade figure to US$ 6,1 billion in 2015 from a humble figure of
2,4 billion in 2002.
It goes without saying that
the importance attributed to frequent official contacts between the Netherlands
and Turkey and efficient flow of feedback in all walks of life have contributed
to their improving relations.
Within this scope an official delegation from Turkey headed by Turkish Minister
of Economy Mr. Mustafa ELİTAŞ and many executives from prominent Turkish
companies was received by their counterparts in the Netherlands to attend an
important business forum longed for, as it had not been possible to realize
such an event for the last few years.
A group of members representing
the Turkey- Netherlands Business Council of DEIK headed by Mr. Murat ÖZYEGIN,
FIBA Holding Board Member were included in said official delegation, as well.
The purpose of said event was
to bring Dutch companies interested in investing in Turkey and willing to do
business in this country together with Turkish companies. Besides, it was
intended to give some Turkish companies interested in doing business with Dutch
companies and investement in the Netherlands the opportunity to evaluate their
that besides DEIK several official establishments such as Turkish Ministry of
Economy, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VNO-NCW (the largest industrial
organization in the Netherlands), MKB (Organization of SME’s in the
Netherlands) participated in the organization which was hosted by HOTIAD
(organization of Turkish entrepreneurs in the Netherlands), caused the event to
attract much attention and interest and
all parties had the opportunity to exchange opinions and plans to improve the
ties between two countries.
In the forum Mr. Mustafa ELİTAŞ,
Turkish Minister of Economy made an important speech to cover following points:
“Our two countries have been
experiencing a remarkable and outstanding cooperation in regards to mutual
investments and The Netherlands is the country which receives the maximum
amount of capital investment from Turkish companies.”
Mr ELITAS went on to emphasize Turkey was the 4th fastest growing G20 country
as of 2015 and took stable steps on the way to qualifying for the group of
countries with high national income. The Minister also expressed Turkey had
pulled down its foreign deficit figures last year while displaying a growth
In brief Mr. ELITAS also
underlined Turkey and the Netherlands could undertake many projects in joint
venture and the construction business would be of priority in this regard as
Turkish companies had gained big experience in the sector in regions such as
the Middle East, North Africa, and Commonwealth of Independent States (Turkic
Republics and others).
The Minister also pointed out
that Turkey was among the most prominent tourism destinations in the world to
attract 1,2 million visitors from the Netherlands in 2015 despite several major
unfavorable force-majeure occasions and this performance should be improved
through mutual efforts by both parties.
Eventually the Minister also
updated parties about Turkey’s stance regarding the Syrian issue and expressed
the fact Turkey had not refrained from making a great sacrifice by receiving
2,7 million refugees and spending a budget of US$ 10 billion to host and cover
On the other hand Lilianne
Ploumen, The Minister of Foreign Trade and Development for the Netherlands
expressed Turkey was an important country in terms of strategic and
geopolitical factors and it deserved to receive compliments for its
contribution to the refugee issue and its cooperation with the EU, in this
The Minister went on to say
they spent uninterrupted efforts to overcome problems related to visa issue knowing
its importance to upgrade relations between two countries.
Mr. OLPAK (Chairman of Musiad)
also delivered a speech saying under no circumstance could terror be verified
regardless of any excuses or reasons and the only important thing was that it had
to do with human losses.
He expressed that as business
people they were happy about the trade volume and mutual investments between
the Netherlands and Turkey but they should also assume responsibility to
further develop relations between two countries
In the meantime parties signed
an agreement for Economic and Commercial Partnership Committee (JETCO) prior to
the forum. The agreement was signed by Mr. Elitaş and Ms. Ploumen on behalf of
Turkey and the Netherlands.