DEİK, the Turkish private sector's gateway to foreign countries, was founded in 1986 to follow the economic, commercial, industrial and financial relations of the Turkish private sector with foreign countries and international organizations and to help to initiate and improve these relationships.
DEİK started its operations in 1987. DEİK operates through bilateral Business Councils and as of July 2014, includes 115 Business Councils within 8 regional coordinatorships and 42 Founding Organizations. Bilateral Business Councils are founded through cooperation agreements signed with foreign counterpart institutions. The Turkish side of the Business Councils consists of member companies that have previously started developing or plan to develop business relations with the relevant country. One company may become a member of more than one Business Council if designates more than one representative. DEİK, with the headquarters in Istanbul, also has representative offices in Washington, Moscow and Ankara. DEİK has representatives in 153 leading industrial cities and provinces in Turkey and in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.