Koc University Maritime Forum (KÜDENFOR) organized the International Turkey & Marine Silk Road Workshop in collaboration with Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Logistics Business Council, Huaqiao University (China),   Koç University's Asian Studies Research and Application Center (KUASIA) at Istanbul Rahmi Koc Museum.

Senior representatives of think tanks, public & private sector, academia, and civil society organizations attended to the Workshop. Turkey's coastal seas where the workshop, ports, shipping companies and investment capacity has underlined the role of the Maritime Silk Road.

Academic experts from the People's Republic of China, India and the Philippines and Turkish academics, intellectuals and businessmen evaluated the comprehensive analysis of Maritime Silk Road-MSR and the effects of the initiative on Turkish-Chinese relations in all aspects.

Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Dr Ozkan Poyraz, Huaqiao University Rector and the Marine Silk Road Institute Director Professor Jia Yimin, DEIK Board Member and Turkey-China Business Council Chairman Murat Kolbasi, DEIK Logistics Business Council Vice-Chairman and Arkas Holding Port Services Group President Hakan Genc, , China Istanbul Trade Attaché Hang Songfeng, TURMEPA President Şadan Kaptanoğlu, KÜDENFOR Advisory Board Member Dr. Cem Kozlu, KÜDENFOR Board Member Admiral (E) Kadir Sağdıç, Deputy Director of China Maritime Silk Road Institute Professor Xu Peiyuan, Director of Koç University Asian Studies Center (KUASIA) Dr. Şebnem Köşer Akçapar, Professor Sedat Aybar, Director of the Chinese Research Center of Istanbul Aydın University, Professor Anoop Singh from the Gateway Thinking Center of India, Dr. Richard Javad Heydarian of La Salle University, Philippines. With, General Secretariat of the National Security Council, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Communication, Naval Forces Command, Coast Guard Command, Strategic Think Tanks, TÜSİAD, DEİK, UTİKAD, Maritime Chamber of Commerce members participated to the event.

In his opening speech, Deputy Undersecretary Ozkan Poyraz said that Turkey's ready to take his place in Marine Silk Road with Filyos, Mersin and Çandarlı ports. Ozkan Poyraz stated that, in the upcoming official visit of President Erdogan to China, it's expected to sign agreement for the framework of Edirne-Kars railway route.

Turkey-China Business Council Chairman Murat Kolbaşı said that the trade volume between Turkey and the Asia-Pacific region reached 50 billion US dollars and official visits of President Erdogan to India and China will reflect positively on bilateral relations.

DEIK Logistics Business council Vice Chairman Mr Hakan Genc announced the upcoming project of the Council on the Turkey's position at the Belt ad Road Initiative. The Project will assess the business opportunities will be created for Turkish companies. He added that this study, like other impact analysis and strategy studies conducted by DEİK would be an important guide for both public and private sectors.