Turkish, US Firms to Meet Virtually, Focusing on Defense, Digital Economy, Construction, Energy

The 38th American-Turkish Conference will address bilateral economic, trade and strategic ties when attendees meet virtually Sept. 21- 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event is organized by Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Khush Choksy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president for the Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia Affairs, told Anadolu Agency (AA) Saturday the conference will focus on key sectors that will support U.S.-Turkey economic recovery post-COVID and contribute to the $100 billion (TL 755 billion) bilateral trade goal from its previous $75 billion when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump raised it last June.

Turkish-American Business Council Elects New President

Leading Turkish businessman Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ has been elected as the new head of the Turkish-American Business Council (TAİK). In a general assembly election of the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) on Jan. 11, new presidents were elected to 66 of the 142 business councils. “The political, economic and trade ties between Turkey and the U.S. have run in different gears from time to time. As the representatives of the business world, our main aim is to minimize the differences in point of views and priorities,” Yalçındağ told Hürriyet Daily News, adding that TAİK would work to boost bilateral relations.

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