“Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” Istanbul Workshop Held

Representatives from both public and private sectors, NGOs and academic world have showed great interest to “Strengthening Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey” workshop held on March 8th at Dedeman Hotel Gayrettepe.

In this workshop, organized by ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative together with UNHCR and with the financial support of Turkish Republic and European Union, İNGEV President Vural Çakır, UNHCR Livelihoods Manager Damla Taşkın and Dr. Hakan Orduhan, Board Member of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce gave the opening speeches.

Following this, a video-story titled “Building Lives, Building Business”, which tells the stories of 8 refugee entrepreneurs in Istanbul, Hatay, Mersin and Adana was shown.

Social policy recommendation package titled “Enhancement of Refugee Entrepreneurship to Contribute Economy and Employment in Turkey” launched on september 27th, which is to make recommendations regarding legal and financial regulations, was presented by Syrian Economic Forum.

The representatives from major industrial associations also gave information to refugee entrepreneurs about their association’s structure, membership conditions and advantages.

In this session, The president of Istanbul Chamber of Merchants and Craftsmen (İSTESOB) Faik Yılmaz, the president of Istanbul Chamber of Real Estate Agents Nizameddin Aşa, Vice President of Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association Ramazan Kaya, Vice President of DEİK Syrian Business Council Osman Nuri Önügören, Board Member of UTIKAD Cihan Yusufi, General Secretary of Food Retailers Association and Chain Stores Association Füsun Tavus Mumcu, General Secretary of Istanbul Chamber of Jewelry Dealers Ali Ramazan Şanto, Associate General Secretary of TUSIAD Melda Çele, Ready-Made Garment R&D Chief of Istanbul Ready-Made Garment Exporters’ Association Ahmet Şişman, ITO Representative of KOSGEB Kerim Bilir, Industrial Structuring Representative of TÜRKONFED Özgün Pelit, Corporate Communications Respresentative of TAYSAD Sercan Duygan made presentations about their associations.

After this session, an information sharing and Q&A session was held. Limitless Corporate Consultancy Services General Manager Yunus Beyhan made a presentation regarding “Turkish Commercial Legal Framework and Regulations for Business Registration” besides that, he has also shared datas about the “Refugee Entrepreneurship Support Line” which is active since January 2018.

From Ministry of Economy, General Directorate of Incentive Implementation and Foreign Investment, Ali Can Kahya also made a presentation titled “State Incentives to Enhance Entrepreneurship in Turkey”

During the workshop, March 8th International Women’s Day was remembered and flowers were given to women participants.

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