Turkey has established its first overseas incubation center and organized industrial zone in Chicago. Aimed at bringing together Turkish and foreign investors and entrepreneurs in the U.S., the incubation center and organized industrial zone have been put into effect with a signing ceremony at the Chicago Turkish Trade Center, the first Turkish trade center in the world.
The signing ceremony was attended by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) President Professor Ahmet Arif Ergin, Gebze Güzeller Organized Industrial Zone CEO Adem Ceylan, Turkish Consul General to Chicago Umut Acar, TÜBİTAK Marmara Teknokent General Manager Orhan Çömlek, Chicago Turkish Trade Center Director Eray Ütücü and many businessmen and entrepreneurs.
The protocol, which was jointly prepared by the TÜBİTAK Marmara Teknokent, Gebze Güzeller Industrial Zone, Istanbul University Teknokent Namık Kemal University Teknopark and Gebze Organized Industrial Zone Teknopark, was signed by Ergin and Ceylan.
Prior to the signing ceremony, Ergin obtained information about the private Chicago Turkish Trade Center from the center's authorities. Underlining that the project is crucial for Turkish businessmen and entrepreneurs expanding overseas, Ergin said the incubation center will bring together entrepreneurs and industrialists who strive to turn their ideas into commercial gain.
According to Ergin, the incubation center and organized industrial zone are an enterprise that consists of the whole range spanning from the state to the private sector. Stressing that Turkey-U.S. relations have reached a level where problems cannot be resolved through diplomatic channels, Ergin noted it is possible to bring a healthy ground to the bilateral relations by bringing a commercial aspect into it.
Ergin stated that Chicago, which is located between the northeastern city of Boston and southwestern city of San Francisco, has a strategic significance because of its logistical structure, adding, "Our centers will be a gate that opens to the entirety of this region for investors who want to open up the U.S. market and for entrepreneurs who want to develop their ideas here."
Pointing to the project's significance for Turkey, Ceylan stated they will make efforts to pave the way for Turkish industrialists in the U.S. He added: "The U.S. was a country where Turks avoid going. We are striving to overcome this and the Chicago Turkish Trade Center will be a pioneer to this end."
Calling the project "exciting," Acar said they are happy with Turkish entrepreneurs having an active part in Chicago - one of the largest metropolises in the world with its $600 billion economy.
The incubation center and the organized industrial zone are aimed at bringing together Turkish industrialists and entrepreneurs and providing easier access to the U.S. market for them. The project is expected to attract a great deal of attention through the incentives and opportunities it offers
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