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TUSIAD’S EXPERIENCE in addressing SOCIAL ISSUES in TURKEY. Abdullah Aky üz President TUSIAD-US TUSIA D Washington Representative Office September 2008. TUSIAD: Turkish Industrialists ’ and Businessmen ’ s Association. FOUNDED IN 1971; VOLUNTARY; 500+ MEMBERS
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TUSIAD’S EXPERIENCEin addressing SOCIAL ISSUESin TURKEY Abdullah Akyüz President TUSIAD-US TUSIAD Washington Representative Office September 2008
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
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
TUSIAD’s Mission: Major Turning Points • 1970s: Promoting “Private Sector” • 1980s: Transition to a broader agenda: Promoting liberal democracy and market economy; 2nd generation taking over • 1990s: Consolidation of democracy & market economy • 2000s: Focus on globalization & EU accession www.tusiad.us
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS • 1979: Media campaign • 1987: Membership to BUSINESSEUROPE (UNICE) • 1997: “Perspectives on Democratization” Report • 1998: Partnership with regional business organizations • 1990s & 2000s: Vocal supporter of further democratization • 2000s: EU Accession → Top Priority • 1990s & 2000s: Mobilization of European business communities • 1990s and 2000s: Dialogue with the rest of the world → Representative offices www.tusiad.us
POLITICAL/SOCIAL ISSUES DEMOCRATIZATION Constitution Election laws Political parties 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
STRATEGY • Ensure credibility of the organization: • Strong leadership by prominent businesspeople • Broader membership base • Improved transparency • Develop ethical rules within the organization • Take positions (often BOLD) • Consistency; Distance from Governments • Prioritize issues → Publish research reports → Formulate positions → Media campaigns (Public awareness) • Coalition building: Larger business community, academia, media, international organizations, think-tanks & NGOs • Regular contacts with domestic and foreign policy & opinion makers (Advocacy) www.tusiad.us
MAIN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY HEALTH OTHERS MIGRATION & INTEGRATION ENVIRONMENT DEMOGRAPHY SOCIAL ISSUES ADDRESSEDby the SOCIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE www.tusiad.us
HOW ARE THESE ISSUES ADDRESSED? • PUBLICATION 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
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT • Promoting gender equality • Increasing women participation in education and labor force • Promoting women participation in politics • Establishment of KAGIDER, an association promoting women entrepreneurship www.tusiad.us
EDUCATION • Quality of education • Vocational education • Pre-school education • Higher education • Sample textbooks for high schools: history, geography, philosophy • Industry-university collaboration • Compulsory education period • Life long learning www.tusiad.us
EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY • Combating unemployment • Restructuring social security • Improving efficiency in labor markets • Unemployment insurance • Demographic trends and opportunities • Social dialogue www.tusiad.us
HEALTH • Health care reform • General health insurance • Health tourism www.tusiad.us
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