TOBB chairman becomes head of association of Balkan chambers

Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the chairman of the Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Thursday took over the presidency of the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC) from Romania.

TOBB chairman becomes head of association of Balkan chambers
"The Balkans are today the main arteries of the world trade, as they were in the past," Hisarciklioglu told participants of the ABC general assembly meeting in Romanian capital of Bucharest.

Hisarciklioglu said Turkey has investments over 2 billion USD in Balkan countries. "Actually, 15,000 Turkish companies and 20,000 Turkish businessmen are investing in the Balkan states."

According to the TOBB chairman, projects Turkish contractors have undertaken in the Balkans are worth 4.5 billion USD.

"I believe we -- businessmen of the Balkan countries -- can do more than this," Hisarciklioglu also said.


On the other hand, TOBB prepared an action plan of ABC for 2008. "The plan focuses on three main issues," Hisarciklioglu told the general assembly.

Hisarciklioglu said the first part of the action plan aims to revive the historical Silk Road project, the second is to bring together economy departments of Balkan countries, and the third is to produce joint projects.

TOBB Chairman Hisarciklioglu will return to Turkey later on Thursday.

Founded in 1994, the ABC is a non-political and non-governmental organization aiming at assisting the business activities on the Balkans, developing commercial and economic ties among the Balkan countries and seeking cooperation opportunities.

The association has ten members including Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greek Cypriot administration.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Kasım 2007, 11:13