Turkey's SMEs Have the Capacity to Overcome All Kinds of Challenges
KOSGEB President Hasan Basri Kurt pointed out the importance of spreading technology to the public and said, "Turkey's young, dynamic population and SMEs have the ability to overcome all kinds of difficulties."
The European Enterprise Network Antalya Conference was hosted by the WEST-MED Consortium. KOSGEB President Hasan Basri Kurt, Western Mediterranean Technology Development Region General Manager Dr. İbrahim Yavuz, Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman of the Board Mustafa Ercan and Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Deputy Chairman Cihangir Deniz.
Speaking at the conference, KOSGEB President Kurt stated that bright days await Turkey and said that as long as the SMEs and youth of this country focus on production with all their elements, Turkey will be a shining star in its region.
President Kurt made the following statements in his speech:
As KOSGEB, we have been the main focus of all the work of SMEs with the European Union since 2003. We have many SMEs and many businesses that have done business with the European Enterprise Network in almost every province of Turkey and have advanced themselves on the path of internationalization.
These programs made great contributions to the development of our SMEs. There are some very important stories that have emerged in the last 20 years. When we look at its own group, Turkey has made a serious difference by surpassing other countries. Currently, our exports have exceeded 220 billion dollars. Turkey's exports are higher than the exports made by European member countries.
They Can Overcome Any Difficulty
Turkey has a young and dynamic economy that produces. Of course, we have difficulties, we have difficulties. However, I would like to say this in particular. Turkey's young, dynamic population and SMEs have the ability to overcome all kinds of difficulties. In this sense, we are one of the countries with the best flexibility.
Industry and Manufacturing Never Closed
In the conditions of the pandemic, access to a good, a service has become very difficult all over the world in this environment. But in this period, Turkey has never closed its industry and manufacturing very strongly. Now, we want to increase the added value a little more and move forward by giving importance to new technologies. Let's move forward by spreading technology to the base, not by resisting the age, but by adapting to it and reading the spirit of the age.
We Must Make It Very Strong
In this respect, I think that Antalya region has serious opportunities. This is a resort town. Besides being a holiday resort, it is a region where people are comfortable with its climate, soil, geography. We have to make these places very strong with technology.
Competitive Level in Europe and America
Stating that nearly 50 KOSGEB projects have been realized in Antalya Technopolis to date, Western Mediterranean Technology Development Region General Manager Dr. İbrahim Yavuz also said, “Thanks to this consortium, we aim to bring our companies to a competitive level in Europe and America in the fields of sustainability, renewable energy, digitalization and entrepreneurship, focused on results, with a strong cooperation.” Said
Mustafa Ercan, Chairman of Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “We are constantly informing about this program by meeting with the members of the chamber who export and have the potential to export within the scope of the project. We started the preparations for the new period with the institutions of which we are project partners. I believe that we will work efficiently.” used the phrases.
3 Million Euro Fund
Cihangir Deniz, Deputy Chairman of Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that as Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, they have provided funds to develop Antalya trade at the level of 3 million Euros within the scope of EU projects, and that with this project, they have established cooperation between businesses and chamber members from all over the world.
After the conference, KOSGEB President Hasan Basri Kurt held a coordination meeting with KOSGEB provincial directors of Antalya and surrounding provinces.