ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News

Istanbul, the heart of the Turkish economy, will host business and political decision-makers, investors, bankers and financiers from 20 countries for the Government Business and Investment Summit which begins today.
The two-day event focuses on success stories in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), fiscal and governmental incentives which include industrial, free and techno pole zones - legal framework, FDI and the role of the banking sector, as well as quality infrastructure, sector opportunities, privatization and concessions.
The event, publicized as a business-friendly platform bringing together Europe and the Middle East, will mainly highlight the investment opportunities in Turkey. It is organized by the European Finance Convention and theInvestment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey and sponsored by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK).
Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş will make deliver the opening speech at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Istanbul. Other keynote speakers include Deputy Prime Minister Nazım Ekren and DEİK President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, who is also president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
Economy Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Turkish Industrialist's Businessman's (TÜSİAD) President Arzuhan Yalçındağ, Central Bank Governor Durmuş Yılmaz and Finance Minister Kemal Unakıtan are also expected to participate in the summit.
Sveinbjörn Blöndal, head of the structural policy analysis division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Hossein Samiei, International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior resident representative, will also be present.