Succesful businessman Emrah İnce, the CEO of Tekfen Agriculture, a venture of Tekfen Holding A.Ş. has become the new chairperson in Turkish side of Denmark Business Council of DEIK.
The Turkish side of the DEİK/Turkey-Denmark Business Council took its first step in 1992. It was followed by various meetings and seminars organised in Denmark with associations of the country's business community. The Business Council was officially established in 1999 in the context of the "Danish-Turkish Cooperation Day" organised in Istanbul. The founding protocol was signed by Ömer Perçinel, Founding Chairman of the Council, and Svend Henriksen, Deputy CEO of the Confederation of Danish Industries.
The Council's activities are focussed on the sectors of energy, contracting, biotechnology, furniture and textiles, with Danish companies contributing technical information, expertise, design work, R&D capacities and technological knowhow to the partnership, and the Turkish side bringing in labour, logistical advantages, manufacturing capacities and production experiences. Besides providing a platform for productive partnerships, the Council also works on the promotion of the "green economy" concept in industry, agriculture and the construction sector.
The Business Council devotes activities both to large corporations and to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
About Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)
Upon its establishment in 1985, the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) was assigned with the following tasks: to organise and manage the foreign economic relations of the Turkish private sector, in particular with respect to foreign trade, international investments, services, contracting and logistics; to analyse investment opportunities at home and abroad; to help boost the country's exports, and to coordinate similar business development activities.
In 2014, DEİK was restructured, and with law No: 6552 of 11 September 2014 assigned the task of "conducting the foreign economic relations of the Turkish private sector", to become "business diplomacy" organisation comprising Business Councils, Founding Institutions and individual members that represent Turkey's business community and its leading entrepreneurs, contributing to the functioning of the institution on a 'voluntary basis'.