Speeches

Speech by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan at the Press Conference on the Release of the OECD’s Going for Growth 2015 Report

Speech by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan at the Press Conference on the Release of the OECD’s Going for Growth 2015 Report

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, Distinguished Members of Turkish and international media, It is our great pleasure to have the Secretary General of OECD Angel Gurria with us today. OECD is one of the most reputable organizations carrying out very valuable studies globally, country by country and team by team and the high quality of work that OECD is providing to the world, to many countries are very much appreciated by us and by the international community. As it has been a tradition for every G20 presidency, this year also OECD...

Speech by Ali Babacan at the IIF-G20 Conference on “The G20 Agenda under the Turkish Presidency”

Speech by Ali Babacan at the IIF-G20 Conference on “The G20 Agenda under the Turkish Presidency”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, it is truly a pleasure and honor for me to address such a distinguished audience. So many guests from a lot of countries around the world and the IIF membership is very strongly represented in this room. At the outset of my remarks, on behalf of Turkish G20 Presidency, I would like to welcome you all to Istanbul, a city where continents meet, a city where seas meet and a city where actually civilizations meet. I hope you have productive two days of conference here in Istanbul and also I hope that...

Press Briefing by Deputy Prime Minister Babacan following G20 Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

Press Briefing by Deputy Prime Minister Babacan following G20 Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Members of Press, good evening and welcome. We have just completed the very first Ministers and Governors Meeting of G20 under the Turkish Presidency. We actually completed our meeting about one hour before the scheduled time mostly because our Deputies have done an excellent job of making the good work ahead of time and leave for us, for the Ministers and Governors not really a big debate at the end of the day. So, as all the G20 meetings, we finalized our Communique with consensus of all the members of...

Deputy Prime Minister Babacan hosted LIDC Ambassadors in Ankara at a G20 Working Lunch

Deputy Prime Minister Babacan hosted LIDC Ambassadors in Ankara at a G20 Working Lunch

Distinguished Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, very warm welcome. At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to all of you for being here today with us. 2015 is a special year for Turkey for many reasons, but also especially because of the fact that we are chairing G-20 throughout this year. Throughout our presidency, we are going to be putting a lot of effort on the G-20 agenda. G-20 is a voluntary platform for discussing global economic and financial issues, and it has a very big agenda under 11 different...

Deputy Prime Minister Babacan hosted G20 Ambassadors in Ankara at a Working Lunch

Deputy Prime Minister Babacan hosted G20 Ambassadors in Ankara at a Working Lunch

Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Members of Media, you are all very welcome. Today, we want to have a consultation meeting with the ambassadors and the representatives of the G-20 countries as well as international organizations that are represented around the G-20 table. As you have been following, we assumed the Presidency of the G-20 in the beginning of December 2014. Our Deputies and Sherpas already met in December for the first time to make the preparations for the whole year and we are going to be having a very first...

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan’s Speech at the G20 Sherpa Meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan’s Speech at the G20 Sherpa Meeting

Welcome to Istanbul, welcome to Turkey. It’s our great pleasure to have you all here in this splendid city. This will be the very first Sherpa meeting that is going to be taking place under Turkish Presidency. I hope this meeting becomes a productive one and I also hope that you have some time to see the beauties of Istanbul as well. I’m very happy that our Sherpa, Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu, has come to Turkey recently from her posts as Ambassador in different countries and she is going to be coordinating the Sherpa track on our behalf all...

Turkey’s G20 Sherpa Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu addressed B20’s Inaugural Event Dinner

Turkey’s G20 Sherpa Ambassador Ayşe Sinirlioğlu addressed B20’s Inaugural Event Dinner

Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Members of the B20 Turkey Executive Committee, Distinguished representatives of the business community, Dear colleagues, First of all, on behalf of the Sherpa group I would like to express our appreciation for the B20 taking the initiative to organize this event. As you all know, Turkey has the honor of assuming the important responsibility to steer the work of the G20 for one year.  Reflecting its informal nature, the G20 does not have a permanent secretariat....

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan’s Speech at the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan’s Speech at the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting

Welcome, welcome to Istanbul, welcome to Turkey. It’s our great pleasure and honor to have you all here, for our very first G20 official meeting during our Presidency, during Turkish Presidency. Deputies from G20 countries, as well as representatives of international organizations are here with us. I wish you a very successful two days of meetings, which will be the kick-off meetings. So, I just wanted to stop by and see you here in Istanbul to give you a little bit idea about our government’s approach and also the priorities, which have been...