Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs between 2018-2020 sözcü Olivier Gauvin, who has served as the French Consul General in Istanbul since September 2020, with the accompanying delegation. EGİAD He visited the Aegean Young Businessmen Association. EGİAD The visit was chaired by President Alp Avni Yelkenbiçer, as well as Deputy Chairman Cem Demirci, Members of the Board of Directors Eyyüpcan Nadas, Secretary General Prof. Dr. Fatih Dalkılıç, Chairman of the International Relations Commission Elif Kaya, EGİAD Member Yusufcan Özdogan attended. Gauvin was accompanied by the Honorary Consul of France in Izmir and the President of the Association of Honorary Consuls Members Association Zeliha Toprak and the Director of the French Cultural Center Jose Queiros. At the meeting, which was held under the titles of sustainable industry and entrepreneurship, it was discussed that the entrepreneurship ecosystem of the two countries could be developed more by bringing together the start-ups and investors of the two countries through a joint organization.
Making the opening speech of the meeting EGİAD Alp Avni Yelkenbiçer, Chairman of the Board, EGİAD, and conveyed the international business trips that took place during his term and the collaborations in this context. Yelkenbicer, "EGİAD Since the period I took part in its management, we have given importance to international business trips and the connections we will establish there, despite the pandemic both in the last period and this year. Especially in this period, sustainability and entrepreneurship issues became our main theme. We have carried out many activities under these titles. And we would love to be able to bring our business world and the French business world together by cooperating with France in this context. In fact, this idea of cooperation makes more sense with your visit. kazanwas. We know the development of France, especially in terms of industry. We know very well the importance of the post-Covid business world and job creation. For this reason, we would like to benefit from your experience and cooperation in these fields. Although İzmir is known as a tourism destination, it also carries a very important industrial and entrepreneurial potential. We would like to bring the business world of the two countries together by working together with France. It would be great for us if we could find an equal partner from there. Sharing experience is very important,” he said.
Olivier Gauvin, Consul General of France in Istanbul, started his speech by expressing that he was very happy to work in Istanbul and to come to Izmir, albeit within the scope of visits. Expressing that they attach great importance to meeting on a common ground in the field of industry and commerce, Olivier Gauvin, Consul General of France in Istanbul, drew attention to the fact that 15 billion Euros of connection and trade was established between the two countries last year. EGİADNoting that they aim to have similar connections with the young business world of the 2014s, Gauvin said, “In previous years, for example, between 2019 and 5, French companies invested 450 billion Euros in Turkey. 130 French companies are involved in the operation in Turkey. French companies have a strong employment in Turkey, 300 thousand directly and 25 thousand indirectly. Start-ups in France are investing here, combining technology and innovation. We call them French Tech. We aim to equip France with startups from top to bottom. Our priority in the economy has been tech entrepreneurship. We are reshaping the dynamics of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in France. There are currently XNUMX French and Turkish investors in the French Tech application, which focuses on French technology investments. They are trying to create a common dynamic. EGİAD We would like to bring this organization together with its angels. We aim to establish cooperation and trust between our countries and companies. We aim to preserve the balanced and strong relationship between Turkey and France.”