TURKEY - CHINA BUSINESS COUNCIL

Year of Establishment: 1992
Chairman representing Turkey: Talip Murat Kolbaşı
Company and Position: Arzum Elektrikli Ev Aletleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. / Chairman of the Board
Chairman of Counterpart Organization: Gao Yan 
Company and Position: CCPIT / Chairman
Counterpart Organization: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
Website: www.english.ccpit.org

Turkish-Chinese Business Council was established in 1992, under the auspices of DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) of Turkey, in order to develop bilateral trade and economic relations between Turkey and China. Over the past years through its agenda and activities the Business Council gained an important position within the business communities of the both countries.China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) is DEİK’s counterpart organization in China.

In accordance with the protocol signed in August 1992 in Beijing, the chairman of CCPIT serves as the co-chairman of the Business Council. DEİK/Turkey-China’s chairman and executive board are elected by its members every two years. In addition to the meetings organized to bring together businessmen from the both countries, the Business Council also holds official visits of top level state officials. The goal is to introduce them to business communities and monitor the progress in business relations.

Within this framework, a delegation of businessmen accompanied the former Turkish Chairman Süleyman Demirel in his visit to China in 1995. The meetings on occasion of the former Turkish Chairman Abdullah Gül visit to China were held in Beijing, Xi’an and Urumchi. Working luncheons and dinners were organized during the visit of the Chairman Wen Jiabao in 2010. Turkish Prime Minister Recep T. Erdoğan visited China in April 2012. The visit drew more than 300 business people. During this visit Turkish-Chinese Business Council organized events in Urumchi, Beijing and Shanghai.

The Business Council represents the Turkish private sector during the Joint Economic Commission meetings which are amongst the most important consultation mechanisms existing between the two countries. The Business Council also identifies issues that prevent free trade between the two countries and makes recommendations to the government to solve these problems.

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