Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Muş said that the OECD Istanbul Center is an important result of the productive cooperation between Turkey and the OECD.

Mentioning that the OECD has chosen Istanbul as its regional center to reach a wide geography, Muş emphasized that the work of the Istanbul center of the OECD, which has already started to emerge as an important regional forum, will further strengthen the ties between the OECD, Turkey and the region.

Stating that the Center will also work for the benefit of a wide region, including non-OECD countries in the Balkans, Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, Muş said, “The Center will expand the OECD’s global reach by disseminating its policy, recommendations, standards and methods to these regions. increases.” he said.

Minister Muş stated that he fully believes that the center will contribute to the accumulation of knowledge, increase the cooperation between academia, R&D and investor circles, thus accelerating the economic, social and environmental development of the region.

“Turkey is ready to support the work of the center”

Noting that as a result of the global economic stalemate caused by the epidemic, the economic atmosphere in the vast Mediterranean region has deteriorated over the years, Minister Muş explained that this situation caused economies to shrink, employment problems, and disruption of critical trade routes and supply chains.

Noting that despite the recent signs of recovery, the world economy is expected to recover in the next two years at a moderate level, Muş said, “On the other hand, climate change is another urgent problem both regionally and globally. OECD’s Istanbul headquarters on climate change, business environment, connectivity and infrastructure. Priority policy areas such as made a statement.

Minister Muş stated that Turkey is ready to support and contribute to the work of the center with all its institutions and expressed his belief that the synergy between the center’s stakeholders will facilitate the center’s work and increase its effectiveness.

“Türkiye offers a unique opportunity for global cooperation”

OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann said that Turkey has shown great generosity in dealing with humanitarian crises in the region, such as hosting more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees.

Pointing to Turkey’s contributions to the recently renewed Grain Corridor Agreement, Cormann said that “incredibly effective facilitator” in the agreement, which has enabled the export of over 25 million tons of grain and other foods from Ukraine to date, and ensured the access of millions of people around the world to food and basic food. stressed his position.

Cormann, bridge between two continents; Noting that Istanbul, which connects Europe, Asia and Africa, offers a unique opportunity to contribute to global cooperation and dialogue, he continued as follows.

“As a founding member of the OECD, Turkey has been a strong advocate of our tools and best policy practices, particularly for the Southeast Europe, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa region. OECD’s Istanbul Center, tax administration, bankruptcy and insolvency laws, global sourcing “The center will provide political support in many areas, including the integration of chains, transport connectivity and infrastructure development. The Center will specifically link unique programs in the Southeast Europe, Eurasia and Middle East North Africa region and promote policy cooperation and dialogue between these regions.”

“Our Istanbul center makes a significant contribution to social aid efforts”

Mathias Cormann explained that OECD’s Istanbul headquarters has made significant contributions to the social aid efforts of the organization in less than a year since its establishment, and that it hosted 8 major events and hosted participants from all over the world.

“The center will also host a sustainable infrastructure program this year that provides education and development to policy makers for the transition to sustainable energy, transport and industry in Asia,” Cormann said. he said.

Stating that Turkey has a long history of contributing to the OECD and its global missions, Cormann said, “This center, which we officially opened today, will be an important center that provides mutual learning and enhances capacity building efforts.” commented.

After the speeches, the opening ribbon of the OECD Istanbul Center was cut.

The opening ceremony was attended by Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) President Mustafa Gültepe, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ICI) Chairman Erdal Bahçıvan and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) President Şekib Avdagiç, as well as many local and foreign guests.

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