Message from B20 Turkey President Mr. Rifat Hisarcıklıoglu
Since it assumed the G20 Presidency in December 2014, Turkey has sought to take the summit in new and more inclusive directions. This has included preparing recommendations aimed at developed and developing countries alike, as well as creating a B20 taskforce specifically for small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and entrepreneurs. The B20, the business outreach group of the G20, has embraced the creation of such a taskforce, given just how critical SMEs and entrepreneurs are to the global economy. After all, SMEs now account for a majority of the global private sector workforce (roughly 66%), and entrepreneurs – now more than ever – represent the vanguard of innovation and economic progress. In today’s ever-changing business environment, the G20 and B20 simply cannot ignore these stakeholders.
In addition to developing recommendations for entrepreneurs and small businesses, the B20 is proud to support organizations critical to their success, such as TÜGİAD and the TOBB Young Entrepreneurs Council. As the president of TOBB, I give special importance to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of young people. That’s why we established TOBB Young Entrepreneurs Council in 2009. From its establishment to this day, the Council has accessed over 8000 members all around Turkey, covering and supporting all related stakeholders.
Given the complex and difficult nature of entrepreneurship, these organizations are particularly valuable, as they supply young entrepreneurs with leadership training, networking opportunities, and other essential services. We also enthusiastically support the G20’s Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit, which will be held in September. It is our belief that the summit will give an invaluable platform to young entrepreneurs and businesspeople to express problems, examine solutions, and discuss the economic environment.
As we approach the Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit, the B20 would like to emphasize its support for the gathering. Together with the efforts of the G20 and B20, there is no doubt in my mind that the cause of SMEs and entrepreneurs will be advanced world-wide in 2015. And for that, I am truly excited.