Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) celebrates its 131st establishment anniversary. room for Turkey's oldest and largest in terms of number of members ATSO's anniversary celebration was held in the building. Former presidents and members who served the chamber were also invited to the celebration. Plaques were given to the oldest still active members, and members of the council who served 7 terms or more.
The celebration program at ATSO started with the performance of the Life Academy Association Choir, consisting of mentally disabled children. The children, who used various musical instruments and sang songs and folk songs, were highly appreciated by businessmen. Taking the stand after the show, ATSO Board Chairman Çetin Osman Budak said that with an academic study, the founding date of the chambers was withdrawn from 1886 to 1882. ATSO of Turkey's oldest, most enterprise and one of the most modern room Budak, stated that, "We are a Turkey in number as the room with the most members." said.
Stating that ATSO, which supported the national struggle during the years of the War of Independence, contributed to the development of Antalya and the country today, Budak said, “Antalya should have faith, sports, entertainment and tourism together. It should be able to sustain its characteristic of being a city with universal standards. " said. Stating that more work and investment is needed for this, Budak said that Antalya should double its national income, which is 20 billion dollars, within the framework of the 2023 vision. For this, Budak stated that Antalya needs high-speed trains, especially land and railways that will provide access to Anatolia and Istanbul, and argued that it is a must to train the high-speed train, which is in the 2023 vision, to Expo 2016 Antalya.
Budak, who wanted to collect '1 million signatures' for the high-speed train, which will include Isparta and Burdur and to be presented to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said, “With the high-speed train project, you will bring the wealth of Antalya to the interior of Anatolia. Anatolian people will also come to Antalya. Antalya should not be forgotten. 2023 planning for Antalya is too late. We say that this project should be brought forward 7 years and the high-speed train will bring Antalya to Anatolia in 2016. " he spoke.
Budak stated that within the framework of Antalya's 2023 vision, search and decision conferences were organized with the participation of all institutions under the leadership of ATSO, and that vision targets were determined; High-speed train, rail system, highway connections, the airport's being a transfer center, the establishment of a specialized customs duty in the free zone, the development of freight transport and cruise tourism at the port were among the first demands there, he said.
"FAST TRAIN AND HIGHWAY SHOULD BE SOLVED IN THE MIDDLE TERM"
ATSO Assembly President Ali Rıza Akıncı also emphasized the issue of transportation in his speech. Stating that Antalya has grown 30 times in the last 20 years and the dynamics behind this development should be analyzed well, Akıncı said: “Antalya's most lagging issue is the lack of transportation facilities. The reason why Antalya is in the 25th place is unable to move up in accessibility. We have to say loudly about high speed trains and highways. We need to connect Antalya to Anatolia, the capital and the center of money and capital, Istanbul, by high speed train and highway. If we fail to achieve this in the medium term of at least 5-10 years, it is clear that we will have difficulties in getting the result we expected. We have reached a good point with our potential, from now on we have to solve this transportation problem. "
"IF NO TRANSPORTATION, YOU CANNOT SELL IT IF YOU PRODUCE"
Osman Berberoğlu, one of the former presidents of ATSO, who was among the invitees, also focused on the subject of transportation like the speakers before him. "Without transportation, you cannot sell even if you produce." Berberoğlu said, arguing that Antalya's biggest deficiency is the railway and the road. Stating that the same problem is also experienced in the city, Berberoğlu noted that the deficiencies should be eliminated as soon as possible and the transportation infrastructure that will bring the city to Anatolia should be prepared.
OLD MEMBERS PLATE RECEIVED
At the end of the celebration program, the oldest active real and legal persons who are members of ATSO, and 7 councilors who served as councilors for 8 terms or more were given a plaque. Members shared their memories with businessmen. The oldest registered active members who received a plaque are: Mehmet Çetintaş, Hüseyin Şafak, Mehmet Ata.
The earliest registered active members of the plaque: Yeğenler Elektrik, Çallıoğlu İnşaat
Placed in the plaque, 7 term and over who served as council members: Bahattin Peker, Enver Ak, Memduh Öz, Mehmet Tatoğlu, Metin Çakallıkli, Metin Kasapoglu, Unsal Berberoglu, Vucudi Ozen.