TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for dinner during the Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) summit.​


Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Hisarcıklıoğlu met USA Secretary of State Clinton

01.06.2011 / Washington USA


TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for dinner during the Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) summit.​


Among the subjects of economy and cooperation discussed during the invitation were TOBB’s works in the Ankara and Istanbul Forums and the establishment of the Jenin Industrial Zone. Another point of conversation was the “Turkey Fast Growth 25” project, conducted together by TOBB and Harvard University as well as TOBB and Cisco Turkey’s project to encourage women entrepreneurship; TOBB and Intel Turkey’s project to encourage entrepreneurship in universities; the Chamber Academy project started by TOBB-Islam Development Bank and Islam Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Praising Turkey’s performance, the USA party went on to state that Turkey has been the pioneer for the implementation and the projects of PNB, as well as their wishes to see Turkey work closely with other target countries.
Attending a White House Nation Security Council as part of PNB, Hisarckılıoğlu will also be taking part in bilateral talks in Washington. Meetings with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Defense as well as Congress members, World Bank and IMF in addition to American businessmen and representatives of the Turkish people in the USA are planned.


- The importance of strengthening entrepreneurship


During his visit to Washington D.C., M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), attended the Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) summit, an enterprise to strengthen the bonds of partnership between Muslim-majority nations and the USA in the fields of financial opportunities, science & technology, education and international relations.


At the Summit, TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu gave an address on the economic and commercial relations between Turkey and the US as well as the activities undertaken by TOBB in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank, both in Turkey and the region, on the development of private sector and entrepreneurship particularly in Palestine, Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Hisarcıklıoğlu, when asked to comment on the extraordinary progress of PNB-Turkey, stated that their projects focused on the development of entrepreneurship in Turkey as well as bringing more attention to already successful entrepreneurs, “Our entrepreneurs are Turkey’s most precious resource, our great assets.”


Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the strengthening of entrepreneurships is critical for not only Turkey, but the region as a whole, “Only an enterprising middle class can ensure democracy and stability in the region.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu expressed his wishes to develop the connections between Turkish and American entrepreneurs, investors and universities, to focus on strengthening women entrepreneurs. He emphasized the importance of having a wide representation in PNB-Turkey, from small and large businesses; native and foreign companies; Istanbul based firms as well as Anatolian ones.

Hisarcıklıoğlu, speaking about the projects implemented by PNB-Turkey, “Our new goal presents us with a new era in Turkish-American relations. In the past, military and bureaucratic relations were dominant. We were focused on military exchange programs. Whereas now, it is time to focus on commercial relations and networks of successful businessmen. We must especially focus on young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs.
Saying that the best way to empower the Turkish people is to empower the private sector, Hisarcıklıoğlu explained their plans to strengthen the private sector. As fields to improve the private sector would differ from in each country, Turkey has focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that he personally suggests smaller project based approaches instead of big plans, “Small but creative ideas make for easier progress towards development.”
Hisarcıklıoğlu went on to say that not only businessmen but syndicates, universities, new entrepreneurs and civil society organizations should take part in these matters.


- Partners for a New Beginning (PNB)


PNB was established in order to attain the “new beginning” goal set forth in President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson and Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent in April 27, 2010.


Turkey is one of the target countries of the enterprise and the Turkish end of the project is handled by the Local Chapter Committee, lead by the TOBB President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, who has been vocal in his support for propagating commercial relations to the level of bureaucratic and military relations between Ankara and Washington.


Apart from Hisarcıklıoğlu, the “Partners for a New Beginning – Turkey” platform’s Executive Council is also attended by businessmen, sector representatives and academicians such as; Cisco Turkey Institutional Social Responsibility Director Deniz Sungurlu, Intel Turkey Institutional Social Responsibility Director Melih Gezer, Sabancı Holding Chairman Güler Sabancı, TÜSİAD Chairman Ümit Boyner, MÜSİAD Chairman Ömer Cihad Vardan, Coca-Cola Turkey President Galya Frayman Molinas, Kayseri Chamber of Industry President Mustafa Boydak, TUSKON Board Member Mehmet Ata Ceylan.


During the two day summit which started yesterday in Washington, ideas and experiences pertaining to the developments made in the target countries in regards to PNB were shared.  The summit emphasizes importance of improving relations between target countries and the USA as well as the relations among target countries.


Sources state that Turkey’s progress in conjunction with PNB has been by and far the most exemplary, on the USA end, efforts need to focus on promoting and supporting said progress.

The work being done as part of the project enable Turkish and American entrepreneurs to create "networks" as well as helping students interact directly with each other. "We are also looking to find ways in which we can cooperate with our counterparts in the region. How to increase the interaction between these commercial actors was discussed at the summit."

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