Dutch-Turkish business association, HOTIAD, organized in a conference in Society De Witte in The Hague with the topic “The Netherlands and Turkey, entrepreneurs are the bridge builders.” The conference was attended by people from the business world. Delegates from Turkey were present with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş and Naci Koru, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey.
VNO-NCW chairman Hans de Boer, Chairman Hikmet HOTIAD Gürcüoğlu and Bahadır Kaleağası of TUSIAD, international head of the Turkish Association of Industrialists and Businessmen and Tjerk Opmeer of Management International Business presented the importance of trade between the Netherlands and Turkey.Ferry Mingelen, an icon in the political reporting on Dutch television, moderated the afternoon successfully. Comedian and television presenter Jörgen Raymann held a show on the business world to hold a mirror.
The panel discussion was led by businesswomen Pınar Eczacıbaşı and Semiha Ünal and businessmen Ronald Batstra and Umut Canbaz, who exchanged experiences.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmuş, said he strives to an even greater cooperation with the Netherlands. “If we look back in history, we can see that we have a strong friendship with the Dutch. In 2012 we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the friendship between Turkey and the Netherlands. ” In 1612, the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor of modern Turkey, the first country in the world that the sovereignty of the Netherlands officially recognized.
Kurtulmuş: “In 2002, the trade volume between the Netherlands and Turkey 2.4 billion dollars. That is $ 7.2 billion. Both countries want to make this 15 billion dollars. We hope and believe that this will be achieved. “Kurtulmuş explained more about the Turks in the Netherlands, he gave figures on the development of Turkey and talked about his view to creating a better world by giving examples from history.
VNO-NCW chairman Hans de Boer spoke on the trade relations between Turkey and the Netherlands: “We have had to deal with growth rates which make Turkey laugh. We should, like Turkey, strive for first place in the top economies, which is achievable due to the Dutch economy.”