Mustafa Gültepe Era Begins at TİM

İsmail Gülle handed over the TİM Chairmanship to Mustafa Gültepe

Mustafa Gültepe, who was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the 29th Ordinary General Assembly of Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) held on 13 June, took over the task from İsmail Gülle.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, TİM Chairman Mustafa Gültepe said, “Our aim is to bring Türkiye closer to its export target of 500 billion dollars together. So, we all have to work hard together. Our duty is to prepare Turkish Exporters Assembly and our exporters for the future in a good way.”

In Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), which is the only umbrella organization of more than 100 thousand exporters with 61 Exporters' Association and 27 sectors, the presidential handover ceremony was held at the Foreign Trade Complex Ömer Halisdemir Conference Hall. Mustafa Gültepe, who was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors with the votes of the delegates at the 29th Ordinary General Assembly of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), held on 13 June, took over the task from the previous chairman, İsmail Gülle.

“We experienced a general assembly dominated by tolerance and consultation”

Former TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, in his speech at the ceremony, said that they left the mark on history with the pandemic in 2020, records in 2021, and their general assembly in 2022, “We have done good things. Even the atmosphere we create today is a story in itself. It was truly an exemplary general assembly. We had a general assembly dominated by tolerance and consultation. The important thing is to leave behind good memories. If we have been successful, that is our happiness” he said.

İsmail Gülle, who stated that they worked together with Mustafa Gültepe, who was elected as the Chairman of TİM, for four years, said, “He has been involved in export for a very long time. He will do successful works with the new management he will create. That is a relay race. The relay race is where everyone starts at the same time and runs quickly to raise the flag to the other and leaves it to a friend who is waiting in front. We have done this task. We did these works in a family warmth. I would like to thank all the presidents who served with me during our tenure process.”

“We will bring Türkiye closer to the export target of 500 billion dollars, which was set together”

Mustafa Gültepe, the new TIM Chairman, emphasized that the unity and solidarity they have put forward as TİM will continue together on behalf of all exporters from now on, "Exporter is one of the most followed institutions for Türkiye, whether it is the sector, the individual, or the parliament. For 4 years, we tried to do our best together with İsmail Gülle and our friends in the board of directors. İsmail Gülle tried to do everything he could by giving his 24 hours non-stop. TİM was open to everyone during the period of him. Everyone could talk about their troubles in a very comfortable way. İsmail Gülle and we tried to find solutions to these problems as much as we could.”

Stating that the seats are temporary and that their main job is export, the new TİM Chairman Mustafa Gültepe said, “It is difficult to work here without our own jobs. First, we have to be good at our own job so that we can maintain records, as we have done in 19 of the last 21 months. The Exporters Assembly should reveal its vision, let us, as companies and unions, determine strategies in line with the information received from them, and work together to bring Türkiye to very different positions in the coming periods. The task is a big task, a difficult task. We are aware of this. But I believe that together, we will evaluate each sector separately and hold workshops separately, and we will bring Türkiye closer to the export target of 500 billion dollars. The closer we get that achieve this, more people will be happy and proud of it. That is why we all have to work hard together. Our aim is to prepare Turkish Exporters Assembly and our exporters for the future in a good way. All the works that will be put forward about this future are works that should be done together and in consultation. As TİM, we will try to do this. TİM is a big family. Our task is difficult, but accomplishing the difficult task is one of the most important things.”

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