Turkish Industry and Business Association

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Group.png Turkish Industry and Business Association
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AbbreviationTÜSİAD
Formation1971
FounderNejat Eczacibasi
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
LeaderTurkish Industry and Business Association/Chair
Interest ofNuri Çolakoğlu
Member ofCentre for European Policy Studies/Corporate Members
SubpageTurkish Industry and Business Association/Chair
Possible deep state milieu, under suspicion because it so well represented at the Bilderberg. Identifies with Western interests.

The Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) is often well represented at the Bilderberg. Its other connections, if any, with the Turkish Deep State are uncertain as of 2020.

TÜSİAD represents more than 4,000 member companies which represent half of the Turkey's value-added; 80% of Turkey’s total foreign trade volume; more than 50% of private sector employment; and 80% of corporate tax revenue.

Structure

TÜSİAD headquarters are in Istanbul and there are seven representative offices: Ankara, Brussels, Washington, D.C., Paris, Berlin, Beijing and London.

TÜSİAD's activities are structured around round tables led by members of the board of directors and 36 working groups.

TÜSİAD partners with the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).[1]

TÜSİAD is a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC),[2] Global Business Coalition,[3] and BusinessEurope.[4]

Political Context

TÜSİAD is considered Turkey's secular, pro-Westernization business organization (For its pious Muslim counterpart see MÜSİAD).[5] In the early 2000s, TÜSIAD coordinated heavily with the newly elected AKP majority, with the shared aim of joining the European Union. TÜSIAD is also credited with laying the groundwork for Turkish support for the Annan Plan on Cyprus.[6] However, as the EU accession process began to deteriorate in 2006, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's administration reversed course away from the EU, driving a wedge between the two. Since then, TÜSİAD has embarked on a project of public diplomacy, opening representative offices in European capitals and Washington, D.C. to collaborate with relevant actors in the private sector and general public.[7]. It is to be noted that its Washington collaborator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, is closely connected to the CIA.

In June 2016, TÜSİAD released a statement criticizing a proposed law which would enhance the government’s authority to appoint boards of trustees to companies. The controversial article was later removed from the law.[8]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized TÜSİAD on multiple occasions. In April 2015, Erdoğan was critical of comments made about the Turkish economy.[9] In December 2014, Erdoğan criticized the organization for apparently side-stepping his office after then TÜSİAD President Haluk Dinçer explained the organization works with the prime minister and ministers whose business is related to the organization’s efforts, not the president.[10]

Though occasionally at odds politically with the ruling AKP, they are a united front on economic matters; immediately following the July 15th 2016 coup attempt TÜSIAD took out ads in major world newspapers[11] and held high level meetings with American and European think tanks, NGOs, and government officials in tandem with Turkish government officials in order to brandish Turkey's image abroad and reassure investors of Turkey's economic and political health.[12][13]

Connections

Many of the chairs are Bilderberg guests.


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