Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Encouragement is necessary to find entrepreneurs

07.02.2015 / Erzurum

TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended the Erzurum Provincial Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Joint Meeting and touched on the importance of entrepreneurship and the need to promote entrepreneurship among youth and women.​

Pointing out that girls attend university and then are expected to stay home after they find a good man, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Why are we wasting our women. They attend university. They use the resources of the 77 million. When they finish school we tell them to stay home. That girl has usurped the right of whoever was behind her.”


Stating that Turkey needs to increase its entrepreneurs, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “We are a third of Japan in terms of entrepreneur numbers. We must increase the number of entrepreneurs if we are to catch up. The ratio of women in entrepreneurs in Turkey is 5%. We need entrepreneurs in order to provide employment to everyone joining the workforce each year. An entrepreneur provides employment to 10 others.


Let’s encourage women and young entrepreneurs. Young women and men should be entrepreneurs.”


Reminding that the Erzurum Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Commodity Exchange are 5-star chamber/exchanges, Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that they provide the same quality of service as those in Paris, London or Berlin.


Hisarcıklıoğlu pointed out the hopeful outlook of Erzurum, stating that Erzurum stands a chance to be the commerce capital of its region.


- Internal Affairs Minister Ala


Internal Affairs Minister Efkan Ala stated that division of labor and cooperation are two separate things; just as what needs to be done by the private sector and what needs to be done by the state are two different things.


Ala pointed out that both the division of labor and cooperation are necessary.


Emphasizing that Turkey’s goal is to be among the top 10 economies of the world, “We’ve gained important ground since 2002 and, looking at our target, there’s a ways to go yet.


Reporting that there is almost 10 billion USD in exports, Ala said, “If we are unable to grasp the spirit of the moment; if we are unable to see the path ahead, we will be unable to ensure local development.”


Attending the meeting were TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, Internal Affairs Minister Efkan Ala, former Minister of Health Recep Akdağ, Erzurum Governor Ahmet Altıparmak, Erzurum Municipality Director Mehmet Sekmen, Erzurum TSO President Lütfü Yücelik, Erzurum TB President İ. Hakkı Hınıslıoğlu, Pasinler TSO President Hikmet Ayrancı, Oltu TSO President Baki Karaca as well as the council members of various chambers and exchanges.


- School for Erzurum by TOBB


Following the meetingTOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu,TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, Internal Affairs Minister Efkan Ala Erzurum Governor Ahmet Altıparmak signed the protocol for the construction of the Pasinler TOBB Efkan Ala Religious Middle School.

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