Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, the head of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), M. Rifat Hisarciklioglu and other officials from Turkey arrived in Sydney on Friday, for G20 meetings.
Whilst in Sydney, the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a bilateral Business Council.
ATBC Board Members: Muradiye Selvi, Osman Kuyruk, Ali Yildirim and ATBC Members: Kazim Ates, Necmi Kul, John Villella, accompanied by the Turkish Consul General Seyit Mehmet Apak, travelled from Melbourne to Sydney, to meet our esteemed Turkish Ministers and to be present at the signing of the MoU.
The past 10 years have treated Turkey well. The only nation in the world across two continents – Asia and Europe – has previously struggled to find its standing in the western world, however, while the rest of the world has felt the effects of the global financial crisis, Turkey has continued its steady upwards march.
ATBC members were privileged to attend an informative Economic Seminar with Tom Piotrowski, who is the Chief Market Analyst and Economist for Commsec. Our members were educated and informed about the Share Market whilst dining on a delicious 3 course meal at the RACV House.
Riza Gultekin was 10 years old when he and his family arrived in Mildura from Turkey in 1998.
A free Legal and Taxation Seminar organized by the ATBC, was held on Thursday 14th June, at Moreland Council in Coburg.
ATBC were very pleased to sponsor the Turkish Pazar Festival, which was held at the Victoria Market on the 25th March, 2012.
It was a beautiful day and lots of people attended the festival.
We were delighted to see many ATBC members and friends at the festival. Many members stopped by the ATBC stand to say hello and it was wonderful to see them.
The 2012 Premier’s Gala Dinner was held on the 17th of March, at the Crown Palladium Ballroom. The Dinner celebrated the 10th Cultural Diversity Week along with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
ATBC President, Mr Huseyin Mustafa, is a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Huseyin is a very passionate and committed Commissioner, who is always keen to promote Multiculturalism. Huseyin Mustafa, also being the General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank, happily sponsored the Gala Dinner.
The ATBC Board arrived early morning at Greenvale Reservoir to set up for the picnic. We began the day by placing out the signs, flags and banners.
Some friends from the ATUSA board arrived before lunch to lend a hand with the preparations.
We are very pleased to announce that Mr Aydin Nurhan has been appointed Ambassador-Designate to the West African country of Ghana. This appointment has come after serving two years in Melbourne as our Consulate General for the Republic of Turkey.
During his time in Melbourne, Mr Nurhan has left an indelible mark on the Turkish community. He has always worked tirelessly in his representation of Turkey, hardly ever missing a Turkish community function or event.
The ATBC Committee wish to sincerely thank Erhan Yondemli, for his extensive contribution to the ATBC Board.
Members are often unaware of the time and effort that Board Members unselfishly contribute to the Board, in order to run a smooth and progressive ship. However, other Board members were witness to Erhan’s continuous and noble commitment.