ICC delegation and B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan meet with Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ali Babacan
ICC Secretary General John Danilovich, Director of ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group Jeff Hardy, B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan met with with Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ali Babacan and the next Chair of B20 and ICC Executive Board Member Mr. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu. Mr Babacan stated that business is integral to the success of the Turkish G20 Presidency and that he is pleased to have ICC's support and experience as a strategic partner.
Ankara, 28 August 2014
ICC Secretary General John Danilovich and Director of ICC G20 CEO Adisory Group Jeff Hardy met with next Chair of B20 and ICC Executive Board Member Mr. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the next B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan, the Director of Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Güven Sak, the Adviser to Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu and Former Vice President of the World Bank Group, Janamitra Devan.
Mr Hisarcıklıoğlu presented an overview B20 Turkey operations plan, which features a national steering committee of the key Turkish business associations. ICC was invited to support the B20 Turkey initiative as a strategic advisory and to assist with the planning and operations of the B20 policy task forces. ICC's global network of national committees and chambers of commerce will also be called upon to host a series of policy consultations to ensure that the voice of global business is communicated to G20 leaders.
Ankara, 29 August 2014
ICC Secretary General John Danilovich, Director of ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group Jeff Hardy, B20 Sherpa Sarp Kalkan met with with Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ali Babacan. Mr Babacan warmly welcomed the ICC delegation to Ankara, where the Turkish elections had just elected Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as President and re-appointed Babacan as Deputy Prime Minister. Mr Danilovich stated that ICC has long contended that the wider, more inclusive G20 can more effectively tackle problems that transcend national boundaries and which governments are increasingly unable to resolve on their own. He stated that Turkey's leadership is needed to focus world leaders on tangible achievements-and doing so Turkey can "maintain the momentum of the G20 as the new apex of global governance achieve more stable global economic growth".
Mr Babacan stated that business (and the B20) is integral to the success of the Turkish G20 presidency, and in this regard he was especially pleased to have ICCs support and experience as a strategic partner. He noted that TOBB's (ICC Turkey) relationship with ICC will create an effective working partnership during their presidency. Given ICC's network of companies worldwide, Mr Babacan called upon Mr Danilovich to put in place a system to better integrate small and medium sized companies into the G20 process. He stated that Turkey will highlight the importance of the smaller companies that drive the economy and that this initiative should be an element of B20/G20 work going forward. Mr Babacan also shared his plan for a series of ministerial level meetings to be held in Turkey during 2015, and invited ICC to coordinate business and CEO participation.
Mr Danilovich took the opportunity to convey a number of ICC policy priorities, including investment, energy and trade. He stated that "July's delay in implementing the TFA need not equate to a knock-out blow for the WTO. The TFA remains primed and on the table and we need governments to get back to the negotiating table without delay". He called upon Mr Babacan and Turkey to continue its support of the negotiations on trade facilitation in the WTO.