Investment opportunities in the UK discussed

“Invest In Turkey Forum” and ”UK Turkish Overseas Investment Forum” was held at last April in London. Forum was organised by EEL Events, the British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey (BCCT), Department for International Trade (DIT), British Consulate General and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey and the sessions lasted two days.

The forum brought together key players across a variety of industry sectors including investors, financial intermediaries and policymakers to discuss, debate and analyse the opportunities for private sector investments within the current economic climate.
Chairman of the day, BCCT Chairman – Chris Gaunt (Turkey) and the UK Trade Envoy Rt Hon Lord Janvrin opened the conference after which, Necmetting Kaymaz delivered an economic outlook of Turkey – an essential data for investors of developers. Director of London branch of TUSIAD, Hasan Turunç, ended the morning session by explaining the audience UK-Turkey relations in the face of Brexit. Main concerns addressed were related to questions: what are there steps to be taken by Turkey and the UK in March 2019 to facilitate a trade? Any bilateral agreement which may be agreed outside the EU and how will the modernisation of the Customs Union can affect UK-Turkey relations.
The session titled Investment Environment and Infrastructure Sector View was moderated by Murat Özdemir. Sule Kılıç, Mehmet Sami, Simten Öztürk and Ian McGrath were guests.
In the field of healthcare opportunities and healthcare investments, the sessions were moderated by Basak Ünalan from Bloomberg HT. Pietro Crescini, Idil Gursel and Barry Francis were invited as panellists to the debate. The first-handed experience on recent projects developments, financing mechanisms available and challenges faced were disused. BCCT Chairman Chris Gaunt, who hosted the sessions, reminded the guests that Acıbadem Sigorta is being sold to the British Bupa Group and that such opportunities are of interest to investors.
From Daily Sabah, Klaus Jurgens moderated the session on Renewable Energy Generation and opportunities. The session was attended by Anduvap Servet Akgun, Sule Kılıç, Yasemin Kuytak.
The closing session covered Opportunities in Transport Infrastructure. Murat Kosal, Deputy General Manager of Otoyol A.Ş., one of the sponsors of the event, made an exclusive presentation about Gebze-İzmir Highway Project. Followed by ‘ Turkey sustainable financing of transport infrastructure’ debate, moderated by Marti Balamir, and participated by Tunca Ataoğlu, Ashley Blows, Tamsyn Mileham, and Müfit Arapoğlu, the conference day ended with the networking drink reception.
While the UK remains the number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment, second only to the USA, Turkey keeps climbing the list of Britain’s FDI, which grew tenfold over the past decade. The event examined these relationships in light of the recent economic slowdown in Turkey while addressing the challenges of Brexit.

2nd day, the opening speeches were made by the President of the Chamber Alderman Emma Edhem, United Kingdom Ambassador Ümit Yalçın and Department for International Trade (DIT) British Consulate General of Istanbul and Trade Commissioner Judith Slater. Yavuz Sökmen became the moderator of the session titled “UK as a springboard for the global growth of Turkish companies “. E-commerce opportunities in UK and possible impacts of BREXIT in the UK were explored by Turkish Trade Center Director of the UK Dilara Yardımcı, Moris Kastro, Kemal Sidar, Murat Soysal and Aaron Saraç.
During the day-long event, different sessions were held in the fields of finance, regulatory framework, real estate, construction, energy, health, retail and technology. Speakers included: Salonica Group, RealCorp Capital, Merrick Real Estate, IHS Markit, Stadden Fores Wealth Management, Mia Global and more. More than 200 people participated in the events attracted great interest.
The two-day event took place at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. Gold sponsors DENTONS and Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK), Bronze Sponsors BTY, ZEREN GROUP-Exhibitors London Bridge Project and EY.
The co-hosts: The British Chamber of Commerce Turkey (BCCT) and Department for International Trade British Consulate-General (DIT) and 26th partners -Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry and TUSIAD media partners TEBANEWS, TECH UK, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group.

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