Year of Establishment: 2002
Chairman representing Turkey: Rona Yırcalı
Company: Yırcalı Holding A.Ş. Chairman of the Board
Counterpart Organisation: ICC Lebenon
Counterpart Chairman: Wagih Bizri
Company: ICC Lebanon, Chairman of the Board
The DEİK/Turkey-Lebanon Business Council was established in the context of Turkey’s strategy to develop its ties with neighbours and countries in the region. Lebanon was chosen as a partner because of its position as an important regional trade and finance centre. The Establishment Agreement was signed in 2002 with the Lebanese Economy Forum. The purpose of the Council is the advancement of bilateral trade and investment relations. In its promotion of the Turkish economy the Council has built strong ties with Lebanese authorities and the Lebanese business community, and organises events in Lebanon and Turkey designed to bring businessmen from both sides together. The Council has also sent delegations to regional conferences such as the “Arab Economic Forum” which acts as uniting platform for the Arab business community in Lebanon. In this respect, Lebanon has assumed the function of a bridge connection Turkey with the Arab World. Lebanon is also an important re-export centre. The Council wants to use Lebanon’s role as go-between in order to strengthen the ties between Turkish companies and Arab countries.