“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Mersin Workshop was Held

“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”.

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SEV Kindergarten and INGEV Got Together for Syrian Children

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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“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Hatay Workshop was Held

“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Hatay Workshop was organized on 22 March at Erol Bilecik Kongre Merkezi with the attendance of public institutions, refugee entrepreneurs, Turkish business people, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Opening speeches were delivered by INGEV Director Berk Çoker, UNHCR Hatay Field Office Specialist Rıfat Kerim Menemencioğlu and UNHCR Competency Programmes Responsible Asuman Baba at the workshop, 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.

Foreign Tade Specialist Ali Can Kahya from T.R. Ministry of Economics General Directorate of Incentive Implementation And Foreign Investment delivered his presentation titled “Governmental Incentives for Building Local Entrepreneurship”. Afterwards, INGEV Board of Trustees Member Attorney Arkın Eyvazoğlu gave insights to refugee entrepreneurs in his presentation titled “Legal Obligations of Establishing Incorporations and After their Establishments”. After the important presentations, a video story named “Build Life, Build Trade”, prepared by INGEV telling the trade lives of 8 refugee entrepreneurs living in İstanbul, Hatay, Mersin and Adana, was watched and got credit by the attendees.

At the “Information Sharing about Social Cohesion and Introduction Session”, refugee entrepreneurs, Turkish business people, public institutions, and NGO representatives sought answers to questions such as what are the opportunities of business promotion and the needs of refugee corporations in Mersin, what kind of support is needed in Mersin, how refugee corporations can be integrated better into the business life in Mersin, and what kind of legal and financial information do refugee corporations need. At this session, which was very interactive, Hatay Turkish Employment Agency İŞKUR Province Manager Ziya Yüksel, Burhan Kahraman from Provincial Directorate of Commerce, DOĞAKA (Eastern Mediterranean Development Agency) Sector-Specific Support and Programming Unit Chairman Serdar Çınar, Hatay Chamber Of Merchants And Craftsmen Chairman Abdülgani Kit, DASİFED (Doğu Akdeniz Sanayici ve İşadamları Derneği) General Secretariate Onur Dönmezer, Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foreign Trade Department Director İbrahim Eminoğlu, Reyhanlı Syria Chamber of Commerce and Industry members over 30 in number, and business people of Hatay from various sectors.

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