World Bulletin / News Desk
The Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) introduced its new board members at a press conference in İstanbul on Wednesday. The association's fifth term board has targeted the opening of representative offices on five continents to gain a more global identity.
“We have our separate commissions working on this objective, and this reflects our administration's aim to bring all businessmen who share their values to more destinations in the world,” Nail Olpak, MÜSİAD's new president, told Today's Zaman on Wednesday.
Beijing, Washington, Jeddah, Brussels and Addis Ababa are the cities where MÜSİAD plans to open representative offices. Olpak said, however, that he could not give a specific timeline as to when the offices would be opened. MÜSİAD currently has 113 contact offices in 47 countries.
Olpak was appointed as the new president of the association at the 21st general assembly, held on April 29.
Olpak shared MÜSİAD's new vision and targets for the coming months during Wednesday's meeting. He indicated they would continue supporting efforts to make a new, civil constitution, saying, “The issue of how Turkey's new constitution should be drafted and what its content should be has been discussed by a wide spectrum of participants from different parties.
“Turkey has maintained successful economic progress over the past decade. We need a new, pluralistic and well-developed constitution that will help maintain what we have gained so far. … MÜSİAD will continue contributing to efforts in making this happen,” he explained.
Mentioning a new government incentive program that was introduced in April, Olpak said they expected the package to lead to further improvement, particularly in relatively less developed regions of Turkey. “We encourage our members to benefit from incentives provided by the new package as much as they can,” he added.
The new incentive package's draft was brought to Parliament last week. It will initially be evaluated by Parliament's planning and budget sub-commission. The package applies positive discrimination for new investments in 15 of the country's relatively less-developed eastern provinces.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2012, 17:41