Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Siirt CCI Mediation and Compliance Center put into service

23.09.2022 / Siirt

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB) President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended the opening ceremony of the Siirt Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mediation and Compliance Center.​

Hisarcıklıoğlu, who attended the ceremony hosted by Siirt CCI Chairman Güven Kuzu and Siirt CCI Assembly Speaker Nihat Özdemir, which also included Siirt Governor and Deputy Mayor Osman Hacıbektaşoğlu, Former Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Cemil Çiçek, President of the Court of Cassation Mehmet Akarca and Chief Sevici of the Republic of the Court of Cassation Bekir Şahin, pointed out the importance and benefits of the mediation system in his message regarding the opening.

In his speech at the post-opening consultation meeting, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “We have activated the Mediation and Compliance Center of our Siirt CCI. As we all know, the slow functioning of the judicial system due to excessive file load is always the subject of complaints. The average case lasts 2 years in court of first instance. Then for another 2 years, the second instance continues in court. At this point, alternative solutions must come into play. In fact, we, as a nation, are no strangers to this issue. Centuries ago, our ancestors started to practice it. In Akhism, which forms the basis of our Chamber-Commodity Exchange Community, commercial disputes were resolved by the Akhi. What it says in our culture anyway; facilitate, don't exacerbate. Then we forgot about it, Europe took it from us and developed it. Thanks to Mr. Cemil Çiçek, during his tenure as the Minister of Justice, he hired this job and introduced the mediation system. In worker-employer, commercial and consumer disputes, mediation was made compulsory. We have also established an UYUM Mediation and Dispute Resolution Center within TOBB. Its chairman was Mr. Cemil Çiçek, the Speaker of the Assembly and under his direction, it developed rapidly. Our chambers have also embraced this and opened centers within their own structures and made it widespread. Thus, the use of this system has increased day by day.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu pointed out that the number of applications to mediation reached 100,000 per month, and 70 percent of them resulted in an agreement. Explaining that the trials that used to take years to end in days and weeks, the TOBB President said, “In other words, access to justice has accelerated. Most importantly, the parties parted peacefully. Now you will be able to resolve all your trade disputes here, both faster and cheaper. You'll be able to see cases that took months or even years come to a conclusion here in a matter of weeks. Be sure to use this opportunity offered to you by our Chamber.”

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