Organized for the 88th time this year with the slogan "We are at the Fair", İzmir International Fair opened its doors with a magnificent ceremony. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç SoyerKemal Kılıçdaroğlu, President of the Republican People's Party, Minister of Trade Ruhsar Pekcan, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Ekrem İmamoğluIn addition to , high-level participation from many countries took place.
The 88th Izmir International Fair (IEF) was opened with a ceremony at Kültürpark Atatürk Open Air Theatre. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor attended the opening of the fair, which will last until September 15. Tunç SoyerCHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Ekrem İmamoğlu, Deputy Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China Li Chenggang, Vice-Chairman of the People's Republic of China International Trade Promotion Council Zhang Shenfeng, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy Vanaja K. Thekkat, Izmir Governor Erol Ayyıldız, Kahramanmaraş Governor Vahdettin Özkan, former Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu , deputies, mayors and many guests attended.
Democracy and law to thrive
Speaking at the ceremony, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the Republican People's Party, underlined that the Izmir Fair, where local products were exhibited in the early stages, thanked the institutions and organizations that contributed to these days. Touching on the state of the country economically during the establishment of the Republic in his speech, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “Our ancestors worked hard to develop this country. Izmir Economic Congress convened in 1923. The decision to establish the defense industry was taken and established in Kırıkkale. The Republic of Turkey was missed to catch the Industrial Revolution laid the foundation of an aircraft factory in Kayseri in 1925. The plane produced in Kayseri in 1934 landed in Ankara. Over 100 aircraft were produced and exported until the Eskişehir Aircraft Factory closed. Submarine was made. To reach the footsteps of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's Turkey is a place to capture the contemporary civilization, and we have to overcome it. This requires democracy and the rule of law first. We have to make every effort for universities to produce knowledge by producing in industry, culture, art, science. It is necessary to build a strong social state. It is a country where nobody is left hungry and open and the income per person is high. And the most important thing is to make these revolutions sustainable. The world is constantly developing; there are advances in science and technology. Turkey is obliged to capture these developments and contribute to world culture. Can we do it? Of course we do. Izmir is one of Turkey's most modern city. Anatolia constitutes world history and ancient geography. By respecting differing views on this ancient geography we have to build together a beautiful Turkey ".
88 we've always been here for years
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer In his opening speech, he emphasized the historical importance of the Izmir International Fair. Stating that the Fair, whose intellectual foundations were laid at the Economics Congress in 1923 and which hosted guests from different parts of the world as the September 1927 Exhibition in 9, came to life in the Kültürpark that Behçet Uz brought to İzmir, said, “We The people of the country, wherever we are in Turkey, we have actually been here for 88 years. We are in Izmir. We are at the fair,” he said.
President Soyer, Izmir International Fair, which introduced the Turkish people, innovation and a certain period stating that a meeting point of importance in terms of world politics, "the world is us, Turkey sees from the window 88 years. Those old trees, magnolias, palm trees and plain-looking paths of Kültürpark keep the memories of not only the people of Izmir but of the whole country. He brings him together with the world. ”
Izmir is a city of freedom
Pointing out that it is not a coincidence that Turkey's International Fair came into existence in İzmir, Tunç Soyer He continued his words as follows: “Long before the establishment of this fair, İzmir emerged as a magnificent metropolis where Asia and Anatolia are connected to the world. It is a port city that has been defined as the capital of Asia Minor throughout history. The first point where the West touches the East is the first window where the East sees the West. This city, beating like a heart between Asia and the Mediterranean, is a trade center, a world port, connecting different cultures and peoples. For this reason, Izmir International Fair, whose history is approaching a century; It has become a memory where individual and social memories are accumulated, culture and art are produced, political and economic relations are developed, and our country meets universal values with İzmir. Izmir is a city of freedoms. On the one hand, the Amazon woman is the master who rebels against injustice, on the other hand, it is a people's assembly where all kinds of thoughts can live without hurting each other. That's why one of Anatolia's greatest resistances, the War of Independence, started from here. For the same reason, the culture of democracy spread to the world from here, and the oldest parliament buildings in the world were built here, one of which is a few hundred meters away. In the course of history; maybe everything has changed, but the spirit of İzmir, the power of the Fair that unites and brings everyone together, has never changed. It even continued to increase. Today, this very special evening once again seals the unifying power of İzmir and the Fair.”
Two presidents will be pioneers in every field
Participating in the opening ceremony of the fair, where Istanbul was the guest of honor. Ekrem İmamoğlu, stated that the industrial move created by the Republic in the face of impossibilities started with the Izmir Economy Congress and developed with the IEF. Stating that there has been a wave of EXPO in recent years, even in the most powerful countries of the world, İmamoğlu said, “Our Turkey has shown the world what an important starting point it is by holding such an event in İzmir 88 years ago. In addition to the economic aspect of the business, I always emphasize that 82 million people embrace each other. IEF has been holding this embrace and meeting in İzmir for 88 years. Our citizens from all over the country come together. IEF is also taking great steps internationally and is doing important work in bringing nations together.” Stating that they participated in the Izmir International Fair for the first time, Ekrem İmamoğlu"I would like to announce here that we will be a pioneer in every field by bringing together the ancient city identity of Istanbul with the synergy of Izmir and the motivation of Istanbul," he said.
Minister Pekcan: We will transfer the IEF legacy to the future
Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan Turkey's first trade fair said they carried out the opening ceremony of the 88th "IEF gives great importance to the heritage, we are trying to transfer this heritage for future generations," he said. Emphasizing that they have taken important steps to improve relations with partner country China, Minister Pekcan also thanked all the countries and cities participating in the fair.
Governor Ayyıldız: Fair strengthens friendship ties
Expressing that they experienced the enthusiasm of opening the IEF, which is one of the main dynamics of the socioeconomic development of İzmir and identified with the city for the 88th time, Erol Ayyıldız, the Governor of Izmir, said, “It makes significant contributions to the development of our fair city and our country, and the bonds of friendship with the increase of commercial relations. he is getting stronger. ”
Vahdettin Özkan, Governor of Kahramanmaraş, one of the honorary provinces of the fair, emphasized that Izmir International Trade Fair stands out as the biggest promotional organization of our country with its international participants and rich event calendar. Özkan said that he is proud to be the governor of the city in such an organization held at a global level and said: “İzmir Fair offers a very important opportunity to introduce our city to the world and to İzmir and to increase the conditions of economic cooperation. Izmir Fair will be the first step of a promotional mobilization that will increase the awareness and brand value of our city and introduce its existing brands to Izmir and the world. ”
Mainland Chinese Deputy Trade Minister Li Chenggang also, IEF that play an important role in Turkey's opening to the world, said: "China has long been a participant in the IEF's side. This year, as a partner country, we came with an important staff and business people. I believe that on this occasion, rapprochement and cooperation between the two countries will make their mark on economic and commercial relations. ”
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Indian Embassy Chief of Mission, Deputy Vanaja Thekkat, stating that strong economic relations from India's history with Turkey, said that relations 88. Izmir they want to move forward with the International Fair. Explaining the investment potential in his country and explaining the advantages of foreign investments, Thekkat stated that the cooperation between the Indian companies and Turkish companies participating in the fair will strengthen the economic relations between the two countries.
Great interest from the people of Izmir
After the speeches, the opening ribbon of the fair was cut and the guests opened the booth of Istanbul, the guest of honor. Kılıçdaroğlu, Soyer and İmamoğlu encountered great interest and love shows of citizens during their tour at the fair.