Turkish official visits Goizueta

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Ali Babacan, deputy prime minister for economic and financial affairs of the Republic of Turkey

Goizueta Business School’s Global Perspectives Program in co-sponsorship with Emory University Department of Economics and The Halle Institute for Global Learning, recently welcomed Ali Babacan, deputy prime minister for economic and financial affairs of the Republic of Turkey to the Emory University campus.

Babacan’s lecture shared the pressing need for political leaders and institutions to address the lack of confidence within the economy today. He highlighted many of the international relationships, organizations, and investments that have allowed Turkey to expand its regional influence.

“‘During those beginning years, I would say the big question was when Turkey is going to be ready for the European Union, but now, today, the question is when the European Union is going to be ready,’ Mr. Babacan said to laughter and applause from a packed house at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School April 15.”*

Prior to Babacan’s address, guests heard from M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, president for the union of chambers and commodity exchanges of Turkey. Hisarcıklıoğlu shared Turkey’s aspiration to parallel the global opportunities and expand entrepreneurial activities of cities such as Atlanta. Additionally he focused on the important role of educational relationships such as the one between Emory University and Turkey.

While the future of the global economy remains much in debate, the clear takeaway is to see Turkey as an expanding opportunity for business potential.

*Click here to read the full article on GlobalAtlanta.com.

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