DEİK, the Turkish private sector’s gateway to foreign countries, was founded in 1988 to follow the economic, commercial, industrial and financial relations of the Turkish private sector with foreign countries and international organizations and to help to initiate and improve these relationships. DEİK operates through bilateral Business Councils and as of July 2011, there are 103 Business Councils, approximately 700 member companies and more than 1400 Council representatives within the body of DEIK. Bilateral Business Councils are founded through cooperation agreements signed with foreign counterpart institutions and the Turkish side of the Business Councils consists of member companies, which have already undertaken or plan to develop business relations with the relevant country. One company may be a member of more than one Business Council by designating more than one representative.
DEİK, which gives importance to regions and sectors in which business operations of Turkish businessmen are or may be intense, organizes activities with broad participation in cooperation with the leading institutions of the sectors or regions in question. DEIK is recognized not only by international organizations but also by important institutions in foreign countries and moreover, DEIK cooperates with world renowned institutions interested in Turkey as well as providing support for their activities and publications about issues beneficial to the Turkish business community and the promotion of Turkey.
DEİK, which plays a leading role in Turkey’s relations with international organizations, works to develop its cooperation with international organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank (WB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Developing Eight (D-8) and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and to protect the interests of the Turkish business community through various projects.
DEIK, headquarters of which are located in Istanbul, also has representative offices in Washington, Moscow and Ankara. DEİK also has representatives in 100 leading industrial cities and provinces in Turkey and in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
|President : M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu|
|Executive Chairman : Rona Yırcalı|
|Secretary General : Bahri Can Çalıcıoğlu|