Twenty-five representatives from a variety of Turkish businesses officially opened the Small and Medium Enterprises Organization of Turkey (KOSGEB) Business Match-Making Center in Chicago this month. The new center is tasked with facilitating cooperation among Turkish and U.S. enterprises, implementing joint projects and promoting mutual trade.
“Chicago’s economy is primed to develop both domestic and international enterprises,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Creating partnerships for economic growth will lead to more high quality jobs in a variety of sectors for Chicagoans and this vital link with Turkey will facilitate innovative business in both nations.”
KOSGEB, a Turkish governmental authority, facilitates growth of international business relations for small and medium companies based in Turkey. The new center will provide services for a wide range of small and medium Turkish companies to expand and exchange best practices. Last year, the organization signed protocols of cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and International Trade Administration.
“KOSGEB will continue its efforts to explore more avenues of cooperation between Turkish and U.S. enterprises in the future,” said Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago.
The transcontinental Republic of Turkey is a major producer in telecommunication equipment, energy, machinery and textiles. Other flourishing industries include manufacturing of medical technology, banking and tourism. In the first eight months in 2012, the Turkish Central Bank reported the nation’s direct foreign investment totaled 7.7 billion dollars.
In addition to the new center, Turkish Airlines and Office of the Trade Attache of the Turkish Consulate under the country’s Ministry of Economy have offices in Chicago.
*** Image above: Deputy Mayor Steven Koch meets with Turkish economic trade representatives and dignitaries.
(From left to right): Sevtap Akguloglu, Trade Commissioner, Trade Office of the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago; S. Tuna Sahin and Mustafa Kaplan, Vice President and President, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization of Turkey (KOSGEB); Steven Koch, Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago;Fatih Yildiz, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Chicago.
Photo Credit: Brooke Collins - City of Chicago