Following the success of our annual gathering in Sydney, Australia in September last year, I would like to once again invite members to extend the same spirited enthusiasm and strong support to the upcoming 32nd CACCI Conference to be held on November 23-24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Our Conference this year aims to provide another important venue for our members to exchange ideas on trends and issues that are currently shaping the global markets. With the help of invited experts from the government and the private sector, we hope to take an in-depth look at some measures that could be implemented to help achieve stronger investment and output growth over the medium and long-term, particularly those that highlight the use of leading-edge technology and innovative approaches in meeting the current challenges of economic development in the region.

I am particularly pleased that the venue of our Conference this year is once again Istanbul, the business hub of Turkey. As you may know, Turkey’s economy is on the upswing, with growth gathering momentum last year, driven by strong fiscal stimulus and a strong recovery in export demand. With the economy on strong footing since early 2017, the labor market has improved, and consumer and business sentiments have edged up.

I therefore invite all our members to attend this year’s annual gathering in Istanbul and take advantage of another important opportunity to exchange views on how CACCI can help the Asian region remain an important contributor to the world economy. Your participation will also provide you the opportunity to see for yourself how Turkey continues to transform itself into one of the world’s economic powerhouses, and to explore areas that offer growth potentials for your respective companies.

I look forward to seeing you all in Istanbul in November. With your presence and active participation in the forthcoming 32nd CACCI Conference, we hope to affirm CACCI’s role as a vehicle for promoting regional cooperation.

CACCI President