M.Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu
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TOBB lobbying attack in the US
Following strained relations between Turkey and the the US, TOBB has sent a delegation to the USA. Led by TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the TOBB delegation met with important figures from the world of economics and politics. TOBB President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “We will continue our collaborative work with the US Chamber of Commerce, which we are currently in talks with, to address the issues and opportunities for bilateral trade and investment, particularly with regard to the free trade agreement.”
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Hisarcıklıoğlu's thanks for employment, financing and domestic auto production support
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, speaking at Ankara's Chamber of Commerce's “Best of Ankara Award Ceremony” organized at the ATO Congresium, thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his result-oriented support on behalf of the business community, enabling 3 important steps in the to be taken in employment, financing and domestic automobile production.
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Visit to the Chamber of Commerce and Trade in Edirne
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu and Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkci visited the Edirne Commodity Exchange and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a part of their itinerary. Edirne Commodity Exchange Chair Özay Öztürk and Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chair Recep Zıpkınkurt hosted the respective visits where exchange of views took place.
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Foundations laid for Hamzabeyli Customs Gate renovation
The Hamzabeyli Customs Gate will be renovated and expanded by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). An investment of approximately 150 million TRY will be made for the project. The customs gate is expected to be in service at the beginning of 2019. The renovation investment aims to alleviate the burden of Kapıkule Customs Gate and to accelerate the vehicle entrance and exit. TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu said that at the groundbreaking ceremony of the project, the Hamzabeyli Border Gate will be 147,000 meters square in total. “The gate will start operations at the beginning of 2019 with increased capacity.”
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Kapıkule Customs Gate Passenger Lounge opened
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu and Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkci attended the opening ceremony of the Kapıkule Customs Gate Passenger Lounge. At the opening ceremony, chambers and commodity exchanges of nearby provinces and cities, a large number of business people, bureaucrats and officials were in attendance.
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Hisarcıklıoğlu attended 'Ankara Fly Direct' meeting
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended the meeting held in Frankfurt by the Ankara Chamber of Commerce in regards to Turkish Airlines’ direct flights between Ankara-Frankfurt.
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“We extend our gratitude to our teachers”
TOBB President and the TOBB Economy and Technology University (ETU) Board of Trustees Chairman M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said in a message published on 24 November Teachers' Day that, “We once again extend our gratitude to our beloved teachers, who labor over our youth to whom we have entrusted our nation’s future.”
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“21 of 48 least developed countries in the world Islamic”
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended the 33rd Meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation held at the Istanbul Convention Center.
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Hisarcıklıoğlu's praise for success in employment
Problems and expectations of the industry were discussed at TOBB. TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, who spoke at the TOBB Chamber of Industry's Council Meeting, stated that, “The success in employment is a worldwide phenomenon. In 5 years covering the period of 2012-2016, we provided 2.4 million new jobs in Turkey. We are the country with the highest employment increase in Europe; producing more employment than the sum of Germany and France.”
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Hisarcıklıoğlu issues condolence message for Naim Süleymanoğlu
In his letter of condolence for the Olympic champion former national weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu. TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu expressed that Süleymanoğlu, having crowned the uniform he wore with his many achievements, has been the source of pride for the Turkish nation.
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Call for further co-operation with ECO countries
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, who spoke at the 23rd Executive Board Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECO CCI), called on ECO countries to come together more and to cooperate. Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “As ECO countries, we will become the center of trade between Asia and Europe by making our trade routes transparent, safe and fast. All the energy and commerce corridors between Asia and Europe are passing through our region. We have important arable lands and tourism potential. There is no region like it elsewhere in the world.”
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We need to develop a financial system independent of interest
Speaking at the Global Participation Finance Summit (GPAS İSTANBUL 2017), TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said that while the industry has taken important steps to improve the participation system, the industry has outperformed the classical banking system twice over in the last 10 years. Hisarcıklıoğlu emphasized that the participation banks work more closely with SMEs and said, “We also expect support from the banks in our struggle with high interest rates.”
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Turkey - Palestinian Parliamentary Friendship Group at TOBB
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu met with the Turkish - Palestinian Parliamentary Friendship Group President Hasan Turan and his accompanying member parliamentarians at the workshop organized at the TOBB.
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Minimum wage support must continue
Employers who provide sustainable growth and increased employment with government support following a 48% increase in minimum wage over the last two years are demanding that employment incentives continue. The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey and the Turkish Confederation of Employers' Associations, giving a joint statement, pointed out that in addition to the minimum wage increase of 2018, the cessation of state support would negatively affect the competitive power of the enterprises.
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Visit to Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tuna
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Tuna was elected Mayor Ankara Metropolitan Municipality at his office and conveyed his well wishes.
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Visit to Istanbul Provincial Police Chief Mustafa Çalışkan
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited Istanbul Provincial Police Chief Mustafa Çalışkan at his office.
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Congratulatory visit to İBB President Mevlüt Uysal
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited Mevlüt Uysal, elected to serve as İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, and expressed his well wishes.
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“Entrepreneurship is learned not by reading but by application”
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that entrepreneurship was learned not by reading but by application, “We are aware of this as TOBB. We believe that your entrepreneurship is the future of Turkey. We are working to improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Turkey.”
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Hisarcıklıoğlu attended Association of Latin American Chambers of Commerce General Assembly
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended the General Assembly of the Association of Latin American Chambers of Commerce (AICO) held in Madrid. Accompanying Hisarcıklıoğlu were TOBB Vice Chairman and EBSO Chairman Ender Yorgancılar, Denizli Chamber of Commerce Chair Uğur Ercan, Trabzon CCE Chair Suat Hacısalihoğlu, Bursa Commodity Exchange Chair Özer Matlı, Uşak CCE Chair Suat Kandemir and TOBB Secretary General Mustafa Saraçöz.
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Meeting with US investors and financial institutions in New York
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım attended the meeting held in New York, USA, with representatives of investors and financial institutions.
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“We will never forget Atatürk and his works”
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, in his press release for the 79th anniversary of Atatürk's death, stated that they will preserve the works left by the founder of our Republic, the Veteran Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and said, “We once again remember the Great Leader with respect and gratitude.”
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Visit to Burhaniye Chamber of Commerce
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited Burhaniye Chamber of Commerce President Hüseyin Sarıbaş and council members, engaging in consultation with them. Hisarcıklıoğlu, who received information from Sarıbaş's about projects of the Chamber, had the opportunity to chat with council members.
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Hisarcıklıoğlu injects hope in Edremit
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited the Edremit Commodity Exchange. There, he attended the consultation meeting held at the Edremit Chamber of Commerce. Explaining that Edremit is a brand city and has a great potential, Hisarcıklıoğlu also gave hopeful messages about the domestic automobile and growth figures. Hisarcıklıoğlu added that he hopes the domestic car will be ready in 2021 and added that it is possible to achieve 7% growth rate.
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Hisarcıklıoğlu visited Ayvalık olive oil market place, visited Mayor Gençer
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited the olive oil market as a part of his Ayvalık itinerary and toured the booths. Hisarcıklıoğlu received information about the products hosted by Ayvalık Mayor Rahmi Gencer, taking souvenir photographs with the attendees.
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Ayvalık olive oil will become a world brand
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, participating in the 13th Ayvalık International Olive Harvest Days program, stated that Ayvalık olive oil received its geographical marker thanks to Ayvalık Chamber of Commerce, “Now it has begun to register in Europe. Ayvalık Olive Oil will be a brand in Europe. We will render all support in this endeavor. I believe that thanks to the hard work of our municipality and our chamber, Ayvalık’s world famous olive oil will reach the point it deserves.”
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