TİM Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi thanked the Government for supports such as green passport, Eximbank support and project based incentive system, which were given to the exporters so far and he said, "However, our expectations have not finished. As exporters we have 10 new demands from our government.

Büyükekşi also gave advice to the new chairman to be elected, we cannot forget the following statement of "Yavuz Sultan Selim; 'We are not the authority of this chair, but the servant.' The important thing is not the winners, but the exports and the winners of our exporters. Contributing to the country's economy in the best possible way. "


Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) 25th General Assembly was held at the Haliç Congress Center Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Finance Naci Ağbal, Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Science and Technology Faruk Özlü, Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkci and Minister of Youth and Sports Osman Aşkın Bak attended the inauguration of the General Assembly, which TİM President Mehmet Büyükekşi would transfer his duties.

Yıldırım: This is not the place we should be


Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was speaking at the General Assembly, "Security and Stability" were the effective elements in Turkey's three-fold growth, he said. He underlined that Turkey is not absolute but has comparative advantage, "This is our human resources. Turkey's future is young people. It is necessary to cultivate them in the best possible way. We need a youth who can catch up with the developments in the world. Much investment has been made in infrastructure, especially in education. But natural resources, human resources, given the potential geopolitical position of Turkey, this is not where we need to be. When we started this business, There were exporting in 12 cities, now all cities are exporting. At present, the number of 71 thousand exporters is not enough, we should increase to 120 thousand exporters. We will continue with structural reforms. We will use the time economy more effectively, we will prevent young people from cheating and turning the face into the despair. Stability and confidence are indispensable." Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said that Turkey must reach a different level in all areas from information to finance, from distribution to technology. Zeybekci, "For this reason, we launched the project-based investment incentive system. Both domestic and foreign investors need to be supported. Because if you are not there, there is nothing. If there is no real sector, production or investment, then reaching a goal for Turkey is just a dream.  We are here with you for spring season for exporters of all seasons, "he said.

Büyükekşi: Government gave important support


Speaking for the last time as a Chairman in the General Assembly, TİM President Mehmet Büyükekşi stated that the Government has provided important support to the export and the exporters to date and they are a very important roadmap for them. "Only recently export support has been increased from 1 billion TL to 3 billion TL. The exporters had their green passports. Very important steps were taken in e-commerce and e-export. It was easy to open R&D and Design Center. Eximbank has provided important support to the exporter. Support for overseas fairs increased. Special emphasis was placed on exports in the project-based incentive system. Exporters were very supportive in employment and logistics. The establishment of a design center with high added value exports was supported. "


10 Expected Demands From Government


Emphasizing that these steps are very important support for export, Büyükekşi has informed that the Ministry of Economy approves all the demands they demand. Büyükekşi said that these steps gave them power and strength. Büyükekşi offered his deepest gratitude to President Erdoğan, the last Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, and the Government for all the support. He said, "We are grateful for the given support. However, our expectations are not over yet. If it does, it means we don't develop. We have 10 new demands from the new government, "he said, requesting:


“1- Now, with the election process behind us, we look forward to the economy and exports becoming mainstream agendas and inflation and interest rates going down to single digits.


2- We expect domestic and foreign investments to be encouraged by the passing of structural reforms and the end of the -State of Emergency- on the agenda.


3- We are demanding speeding up of employment and solving the problem of severance pay.


4- Savings deficit and current account deficit are the weakest rings of our economy. We are expecting permanent steps in these two areas in order to significantly reduce the vulnerability of our country.


5- The European Union represents half of our exports, 70 percent of foreign investments in our country. We expect the speeding up of the EU accession process and the updating of the Customs Union Agreement.

6- Accelerating the tax reform process and solving the problems about VAT will bring very important benefits to our firms. We expect the Compensation of Income, Institutions and Tax Procedures Law to be subject to comprehensive reform.

7- It is imperative that high technology and innovation be considered as a priority and "national technology transfer" is initiated.

8 - In recent years, as a country we live in is a little bit lagging behind on the education. We look forward to reforms in the field of education to educate creative and innovative generations in line with the global conditions of today and tomorrow.

9 - Reducing bureaucracy, accelerating decision-making and implementation processes will also speed up exports. We expect the steps to be taken immediately in these areas.

10 - The fact that Istanbul has a fair area that meets international standards will make this city a center of gravity. "


Our people said 'trust and stability'


Referring to the Presidential and Parliamentary elections held on June 24, Büyükekşi said that it was nationally realized at the first time in the history of democracy and the belief that the Turkish people have for democracy has been shown to be an example to the whole world with the record participation rate. Büyükekşi, "Within the scope of the Presidential Government system, we made our first election. Our people showed the free will in the elections. The people said "Trust and stability". "One nation, one flag, one homeland, one state," he said. The problems we are experiencing will be resolved much more quickly and effectively. "


Recommendations for TİM's new Chairman to be elected


Büyükekşi who was honored to serve to exporters for 10 years as TİM Chairman, continued his words as follows:


"We have been working very hard for 10 years. As a team, we have signed a lot of self-sacrificing work with our friends in the Board of Directors. Of course, these are not without sacrifice and waiver. We made sacrifice for this chair from our own work, from our own family, from our personal life, from social circulation, if necessary. But we worked hard and we did good work. This created a distinct peace and tranquility in our hearts. I am sure that our new chairman will have the same peace and experience the same taste. So the period of our new cahirman will be full of new moves. We can never forget the following statement of Yavuz Sultan Selim; 'We are not the authority of this chair, but the servant.' The important thing is not the winners, but the exports and the winners of our exporters. Contributing to the country's economy in the best possible way."


Whenever we are called for a duty, we are ready to run for our country


Büyükekşi stated that each work they have done so far, all efforts put forth was to increase Turkey's exports and the prosperity. He also said in this process they worked for TIM rather than their company. Büyükekşi said, "Time is the time to change turn. As the current administration, we are ready to do whatever duty comes. We do not see this process as a retirement. We do not leave our service to our country, our export at any time. Whenever we call for referrals, when we realize which moment is needed, we are ready to run for our country."



The Most Exporting Firm Award in 2017

2017 Export Champion awards were given at TIM's 25th Ordinary General Assembly.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım gave the awards to top manager of 10 firms that made the most exports. These firms are:



1 - Ford Otomotiv - Ali Koç

2 - Toyota Otomotiv Sanayi Türkiye - Hiroshi Kato

3 - TOFAŞ Türk Otomobil Fabrikası - Ali Koç

4 - Oyak Renault Otomobil Fabrikaları - Antoine Aoun

5 - TÜPRAŞ - Ali Koç

6 - Kibar Dış Ticaret - Ali Kibar

7 - Vestel Ticaret - Ahmet Nazif Zorlu

8 - Arçelik - Ali Koç

9 - Bosch Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş. - Yasin Akdere

10 - Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş. - Bülent Acicbe