AmCham Turkey/ABFT 12th Anniversary Gala was held on Thursday, November 3rd at The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul with the Guest of Honors U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John R. Bass, U.S. Consul General Jennifer L. Davis, President of the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency Arda Ermut and The Dow Chemical Company Chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris.
The CEO and Board Member of Citibank Turkey and Chairwoman of AmCham Turkey/ABFT Serra Akçaoğlu and AmCham Board members attended the Gala night, assembling more than 200 high-level public and private sector representatives from both Turkey and the U.S.
In her opening speech, AmCham Turkey/ABFT Chairwoman and Citibank Turkey CEO and Board Member Serra Akcaoglu highlighted that the American Business Forum in Turkey represents more than 135 prominent American companies in Turkey which have investments of more than $54 billion in Turkey and which created close to 90,000 jobs in the country. Akcaoglu said: "AmCham Turkey continues to work under the main mission of contributing to the Turkish economy by improving the bilateral trade relations and investment between Turkey and the U.S."
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John R. Bass mentioned that they want Turkey to succeed: "The US government and the US people want to see a Turkey that is strong, peaceful, and prosperous."
President of the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency Arda Ermut emphasized that the number of foreign companies in Turkey has increased from 5,600 in 2002 to more than 50 thousand today. Ermut underlined the significance of the U.S. companies for Turkey and stated that there is an inflow of 11 billion USD from the U.S. since 2002. Ermut stated that this figure is important but not enough.
Highlighting that Turkey has made excellent use of its strategic location since the start of this century, The Dow Chemical Company Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris emhasized that foreign direct investments to Turkey has increased seventeen-fold since 2000. Liveris added that this nation can continue to spur growth and competitiveness by increasing its attractiveness to investors through smart policies.
More than 200 high-level public and private sector representatives from both Turkey and the U.S. attended the Gala.
AmCham Turkey/ABFT would like to thank the distinguished speakers, esteemed participants, and generous sponsors of its 12th Anniversary Gala including;
Gold Sponsors Citibank, Dow Chemical Company and General Electric;
Silver Sponsors Baker & McKenzie, Boeing, Cisco, Ford Otosan, Intel, PepsiCo, P&G, PwC;
Table Sponsors 3M and Honeywell;
Bronze Sponsors Cargill, Deloitte, JLL, Lockheed Martin and MSD