INGEV participated in Brand Week’s session, “Refugees, Integration to Consumer Markets” on the 8th of November. Unilever Turkey board member / Turkey chairman of Global Compact Mustafa Seçkin, BİM Markets’ chief operating officer and executive committee member Galip Aykaç, and co-founder of More Design, Sima Al Kanawati, participated in the session on the latest situation of refugees, and their income sources and consuming markets. The session, moderated by INGEV chairman Vural Çakır, took place at the Turkish Airlines Inspiration Hall, the biggest hall of Brand Week festival. Some of the points from the session are summarized below:
Vural Çakır: “80 billion dollars left Syria because of the Syrian civil war as capital transferred to other countries. Although Turkey hosts the majority of expatriate Syrians in comparison to other hosting countries, the transferred capital to Turkey totals only 5 billion dollars. And in spite of the high level of migration, we should never allow xenophobia; social cohesion requires this approach.”
Mustafa Seçkin: “If we support inclusive life, we cannot ignore Syrians in Turkey who comprise 5 percent of the population. In the context of Unilever’s Embark project, mentors and mentees have changed their places and experts from out of the company have trained 13 CEOs of Unilever. As business world we should recognize the importance of the refugee issue.”
Galip Aykaç: “We face one of the world’s most important migrations. It is impossible for the state to overcome the problem alone. As private sector we should also take on responsibility. It is the reason why we work to meet the needs of Syrians. This shedding of blood and tears should end.”
“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Mersin Workshop was organized on 12 April at Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MTSO) with the attendance of public institutions, refugee entrepreneurs, Turkish business people and representatives of non-governmental organizations. The opening speeches were delivered by INGEV Director Berk Çoker, UNHCR Livelihood Manager Damla Taşkın, and MTSO Assistant Secretary-General Ezgi Biçer Uçar at the workshop which was organized by “ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative”, an INGEV initiative in cooperation with IPC (İstanbul Policy Center), with the cooperation of UNHCR, and found granted by European Union and the Republic of Turkey.
After the opening speeches, Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) Mersin Manager Danyal Peker gave information about “Government Supports for Building Capacities of Small and Medium Scaled Enterprises”. Foreign Tade Specialist Ali Can Kahya from T.R. Ministry of Economics General Directorate of Incentive Implementation And Foreign Investment spoke about governmental incentives current in Mersin which is on 3rd Area in Turkey’s investment map under his presentation titled “Governmental Incentives for Building Local Entrepreneurship”. INGEV Board of Trustees Member Attorney Arkın Eyvazoğlu gave information which will be useful in guiding refugee entrepreneurs in the fields of trade and law in his presentation titled “Legal Obligations of Establishing Incorporations and After their Establishments”.
Within the framework of the project, kindergartners gathered and packaged school supplies such as stationery equipment, water bottles, notebooks, books and raised awareness by affecting others’ life.
INGEV, in coordination with İstanbul-Üsküdar District Directorate Of National Education, made contact with Yavuztürk Primary School which educates the most Syrian refugee students. On 17 May 2018, the packages were handed to 48 Syrian students at Yavuztürk Primary School by INGEV and SEV Schools authorities. While SEV Kindergarten realized a social responsibility project that raised awareness about solidarity among kindergartners, INGEV was proud to be a bridge for realizing such a project that supported children of refugee families suffering socially and economically.
We, as INGEV, wish Yavuztürk Primary School’s and all of the SEV Schools’ students success.
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