M. Rifat HİSARCIKLIOĞLU

The Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), a regional non-governmental association principally composed of the national chambers or associations of chambers of commerce and industry in 28 Asian and Western Pacific countries, and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the umbrella organization of the business communityofTurkey representing 1.5 million member companies, have the pleasure to inform and invite you to attend the 32nd CACCI Conference, which will be organized under the patronage of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, scheduled to take place on November 23-24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Jointly organized by CACCI and TOBB, the Conference will focus on the theme “Asia: Expanding Boundaries”. I firmly believe that your presence will contribute to the success of this event.

Within the one-day Conference Program, the following topics will be elaborated on:

  • The Changing Role of Chambers in Promoting Business
  • Innovation and Digitalization: Implications for Business
  • Regional Integration and Connectivity for Sustainable Development
  • A New World Economic Order: What it Means for Asia.

The Asia-Pacific Region accommodates 40% of the world’s population and 23% of the global economy. We take note of the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific Region for the global economy and we strive for harnessing a synergy that will be a win-win for all. Economic developments indicate that the center of gravity of global economy is shifting towards Far East. In other words, we have now entered to the century of the Pacific. It is the largest global market with over 3 billion consumers. Annual volume of goods and services imported by CACCI countries is around 5 trillion USD. Besides, economic growth rates are also above global averages. Average growth rate of the Region has been hovering around 6% in the last 5 years. The growth expectation for 2018 and 2019 is 6.5%. Therefore, the Asia-Pacific Region remains to have a decisive power over the course that the global economy would follow

Given the shifts in global balances, it is significantly important to organize the 32nd CACCI Conference in İstanbul, the city that bridges the West and the East. On behalf of the business community of Turkey, I would be pleased to welcome business representatives from all over the world and promise a full program with knowledge sharing, networking, and business to business meetings, and social and cultural events

M. Rifat HİSARCIKLIOĞLU
President of TOBB
Vice President of CACCI