The Spanish capital of Madrid was the latest stop in the series of "Türkiye Century Investment Receptions" held by Investment Office in honor of the Republic of Türkiye’s 100th anniversary.
Türkiye’s Ambassador to Spain Nüket Küçükel Ezberci and Investment Office President A. Burak Dağlıoğlu hosted the reception titled “Türkiye: Your Resilient Partner” on November 13th, which was attended by many bureaucrats and businesspeople from both countries, including the esteemed CEO of BBVA Group Onur Genç.
During the opening speeches, the Ambassador emphasized that Türkiye’s relations with Spain are growing deeper and more multifaceted with the signing of the "Comprehensive Partnership" at the 7th Intergovernmental Summit in Ankara in 2021. “In addition to our record-breaking trade and investment relations, we have implemented joint defense industry projects such as TCG Anadolu and Airbus-A400M, and are considering new projects,” Ezberci noted.
For his part, Dağlıoğlu stated that under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Türkiye’s economy has grown by an average of 5.4 percent annually over the last two decades and added: “In terms of FDI, Türkiye’s share in the world increased from 0.2 percent in 2002 to 1 percent. We will raise this figure to 1.5 percent in the next chapter of Türkiye Century. By participating in globally renowned conferences and events such as Web Summit, Slush, Singapore Fintech Festival, and VivaTech, along with Turkish startups, we showcase Türkiye's entrepreneurial ecosystem to the world.” Located at the crossroads of three continents, Türkiye boasts a deep talent pool, plays a key role in the global supply chain, and paves the way for sustainability and digitalization, Dağlıoğlu continued.
Underlying the strong ties between the two countries, BBVA Group CEO Onur Genç said: "Spain and Türkiye have drawn a path to common prosperity through economic cooperation. As we continue on this path, I am confident that our shared commitment to growth, innovation, and mutual benefit will usher in an era of unparalleled success for both countries."
On the sidelines of the reception, the Spanish-Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce held an award ceremony, where Ambassador Nüket Küçükel Ezberci and Investment Office President A. Burak Dağlıoğlu presented awards to the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Spanish Emergency Military Unit (UME), and the Emergency and Immediate Response of the Region of Madrid (ERICAM) for their solidarity during the February 2023 earthquake disaster in Türkiye.
Last, but not least, the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) and the Turkish Embassy in Spain also held an exclusive investment seminar at the CEOE headquarters in Madrid with the participation of Spanish businesspeople and investors looking into prospects in the Turkish market.