Turkish Reforms, A Wake-Up Call for Israel

Mehmet Celebi
By Mehmet Celebi
- On September 12, more than 20 million Turks voted a resounding “Yes,” and thus endorsed a constitutional amendment package that could open wider the door to democratization in the Middle East.

Turkey’s  landslide referendum outcome —which will enhance civil liberties and individual rights—was watched closely by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, and serves as yet another opportunity for the country to show leadership in the region. As a prominent Arab scholar told me recently “If Turkey fails, what alternative is there for the Muslim and Arab world?”

President Bill Clinton to Speak at Istanbul Bilgi University

Imageİstanbul, Turkey - September 29, 2010 - İstanbul Bilgi University will host a speech by President Bill Clinton, the honorary chancellor of Laureate International Universities, on October 2, 2010. President Clinton will speak to 500 guests, including Bilgi students, alumni and faculty as well as Turkey’s leaders in education, government and business.

Armenian businessman Plan to Build A Hotel in Van

Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Van Zahir Qandashoglu told Turkish “Dunya” paper that the number of people to visit Holy Cross of Van on 19 September has grown. The chairman of the chamber told the paper that after that event an Armenian businessman plans to invest about $50 million to build five-star hotel in Van.

American Chambers of Commerce Visit Turkey

ImageA large group of American politicians and chamber presidents is to visit several major Turkish cities between September 19-26 Turkish – American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI) is joining its peers in Turkey and co-organizing series of events with the initial leadership of Turkish – American Businessmen Association (TABA/AmCham). More than 40 business leaders and politicians will be exclusively traveling from different parts of USA to attend this trip, including TACCI President Celal Secilmis. The trip will take place between September 19 - 26.

"Make Your Next Destination Istanbul!"

ImageThe European Commission selection committee declared on April 11, 2006 that Istanbul, along with Hungary’s Pecs and Germany’s Essen, were chosen as the 2010 European Capitals of Culture.  On November, 2006, with the approval of the European Parliament and European Union Commission of Culture Ministers, the awarding of the title of 2010 European Capital of Culture to Istanbul was announced. The President of the Agency for Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010, Sekib Avdagic, answered TURKOFAMERICA’s questions:

Energy and Green Business Are Turkey's Promising Sectors with A Growth Potential

ImageBy Murat Yalçıntaş- As the President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, one of the most important organizations representing the Turkish business community, I feel great happiness to address you once again in this issue of the magazine TURKOFAMERICA. On these pages, I will try to cover the options to increase the possibility f cooperation between our countries. The visit President Obama paid to Turkey within his first months of taking office was a turning point in the relations between Turkey and the United States.

European Day of Jewish Culture in Istanbul

For the past 10 years, on the first Sunday of September, from Germany to Portugal, from France to Russia, from England to Spain with 30 different European countries participating, the European Day of Jewish Culture has been held. The purpose of the organization running, which comes up with a different theme each year, is to share the cultural and historical heritage of the Jews with the rest of the people in these countries.

Izmir: The Rising City of Aegean and Turkey

Turkey’s third most developed city, İzmir is on the edge of making a big leap, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) for the unlimited potential of the city. By using the advantage of the İzmir Development Agency (İZKA) whose structure is deemed to be a revolutionary step towards multilevel governance, İzmir will soon get more popular on the global investment agenda.

Making The Beautiful Izmir A World City and Brand City

Ekrem Demirtas, President of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce.

Populated by more than 3.8 million people, Izmir is the third biggest city in Turkey. It has the second largest industrial capacity, after Istanbul.
İzmir has an importance in Turkish-American relations as well. The first American company that made investment in Turkey was the David&Orfey Company, which was established in 1811. Also the first American Consulate was established in İzmir.
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