TUSIAD'S Involvement in tending to SOCIAL ISSUES in TURKEY.


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TUSIAD’S EXPERIENCE in tending to SOCIAL ISSUES in TURKEY. Abdullah Aky üz President TUSIAD-US TUSIA D Washington Representative Office September 2008. TUSIAD: Turkish Industrialists ’ and Businessmen ’ s Association. Established IN 1971; VOLUNTARY; 500 MEMBERS
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TUSIAD\'S EXPERIENCE in tending to SOCIAL ISSUES in TURKEY Abdullah Aky üz President TUSIAD-US TUSIA D Washington Representative Office September 2008

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TUSIAD: Turkish Industrialists " and Businessmen " s Association FOUNDED IN 1971; VOLUNTARY; 500+ MEMBERS CEOs & EXECUTIVES (Similar to US Business Roundtable) TOTAL SALES OF MEMBERS: $ 250 Billions ( ~ 40% of GDP) RESEARCH, POLICY & ADVOCACY ORIENTED NO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES COMMITTED TO LIBERAL DEMOCRACY & MARKET ECONOMY PRIMARY FOCUS: TURKEY\'S EU ACCESSION ORGANIZES CONGRESSES & AWARDS PRIZES NATIONAL QUALITY TECHNOLOGY E-TURKEY ENTREPRENEURSHIP www.tusiad.us

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TUSIAD: ORGANIZATION HQ & GENERAL SECRETARIAT IN ISTANBUL MEMBER DRIVEN COMMITTEES: 9 COMMITTEES AS OF 2008 4 JOINT FORUMS WITH UNIVERSITIES: FOREIGN POLICY; COMPETITIVENESS; ECONOMIC RESEARCH & PUBLIC POLICY REP OFFICES: ANKARA, BEIJING, BERLIN, BRUSSELS, PARIS, WASHINGTON, DC PARTNERSHIP WITH REGIONAL & SECTORAL BUSINESS FEDERATIONS www.tusiad.us

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TUSIAD\'s Mission: Major Turning Points 1970s: Promoting "Private Sector" 1980s: Transition to a more extensive motivation: Promoting liberal popular government and business sector economy; 2 nd era assuming control 1990s: Consolidation of vote based system & market economy 2000s: Focus on globalization & EU increase www.tusiad.us

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MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS 1979: Media crusade 1987: Membership to BUSINESSEUROPE (UNICE) 1997: "Viewpoints on Democratization" Report 1998: Partnership with territorial business associations 1990s & 2000s: Vocal supporter of further democratization 2000s: EU Accession → Top Priority 1990s & 2000s: Mobilization of European business groups 1990s and 2000s: Dialog with whatever is left of the world → Representative workplaces www.tusiad.us

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POLITICAL/SOCIAL ISSUES DEMOCRATIZATION Constitution Election laws Political gatherings law JUDICIAL REFORM HUMAN RIGHTS EU ACCESSION US-TURKEY RELATIONS CORRUPTION EDUCATION & HEALTH GENDER EQUALITY PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY TEXTBOOKS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS ECONOMIC ISSUES ECONOMIC LIBERALIZATION PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM TAX REFORM SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME DISTRIBUTION CORPORATE GOVERNANCE INFORMAL ECONOMY ECONOMIC GROWTH PRODUCTIVITY INNOVATION UNEMPLOYMENT FINANCIAL SYSTEM AGRICULTURE FDIs MAIN ISSUES on TUSIAD AGENDA www.tusiad.us

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STRATEGY Ensure validity of the association: Strong initiative by noticeable agents Broader participation base Improved straightforwardness Develop moral tenets inside the association Take positions (frequently BOLD) Consistency; Distance from Governments Prioritize issues → Publish research reports → Formulate positions → Media battles (Public mindfulness) Coalition building: Larger business group, the scholarly world, media, worldwide associations, research organizations & NGOs Regular contacts with household and remote approach & sentiment creators (Advocacy) www.tusiad.us

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MAIN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY HEALTH OTHERS MIGRATION & INTEGRATION ENVIRONMENT DEMOGRAPHY SOCIAL ISSUES ADDRESSED by the SOCIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE www.tusiad.us

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HOW ARE THESE ISSUES ADDRESSED? Distribution OF STUDIES, REPORTS & BOOKS ORGANIZATION OF NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AD-HOC WORKING GROUPS ON SPECIFIC ISSUES EDUCATION OF GENERAL PUBLIC & INCREASING AWARENESS THROUGH MEDIA AND PUBLIC EVENTS COMMUNICATION OF OPINIONS TO THE MEDIA, PARLIAMENT, POLITICAL PARTIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES PROPOSALS FOR NEW INSTITUTIONS AND/OR LEGAL FRAMEWORK www.tusiad.us

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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Promoting sexual orientation equity Increasing ladies investment in instruction and work power Promoting ladies cooperation in legislative issues Establishment of KAGIDER, an affiliation advancing ladies business enterprise www.tusiad.us

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EDUCATION Quality of training Vocational training Pre-school training Higher instruction Sample course readings for secondary schools: history, geology, reasoning Industry-college coordinated effort Compulsory instruction period Life long learning www.tusiad.us

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY Combating unemployment Restructuring standardized savings Improving effectiveness in labor markets Unemployment protection Demographic patterns and open doors Social discourse www.tusiad.us

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Health care change General medical coverage Health tourism www.tusiad.us

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THANK YOU! Istanbul, the delightful! www.tusiad.us

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