*Ukrayna’nı saygın iş ve ekonomi dergilerinden LDaily’ye Türkiye Ukrayna ekonomik ilişkileriyle ilgili bir röportaj verdim. Ukrayna’daki Türk sermayesinin toplam tutarı 3 milyar$‘ı geçti. Türkiye ve Ukrayna arasında imzalanacak SerbestTicaret Antlaşması karşılıklı ticareti olduğu kadar, yatırımları da artıracak. Bu zor günleri bekleyerek değil daha çok çalışarakgeçirebilirsek, yeniden işler açıldığında büyüme başladığındaTürkiye Ukrayna ekonomik ilişkileri daha da güçlenecek.  Моє інтерв’ю у діловому виданні України L’Daily, щоосвітлює події бізнесу і економіки.

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TUID Chairman Burak Pehlivan discusses the strengthening economic relationship between Turkey and Ukraine and the potentially game-changing impact of a long-awaited free trade agreement breakthrough between the two Black Sea neighbors Anyone engaged in Turkish-Ukrainian business relations will likely have encountered Burak Pehlivan. As Chairman of the Turkish-Ukrainian Business Association TUID, forty-one-year-old Pehlivan is a well-known and high profile member of Ukraine’s international business community who has been tireless in his efforts to help build business bridges across the Black Sea.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a busy agenda during his Nov. 3 visit to Istanbul, where he presided over the 7th meeting of the high-level strategic council between the two nations. This group was founded in 2011 and has shown concrete achievements, including the removal of visas between the two countries that year. Ukrainian-Turkish economic and political relations have developed and deepened at an incredible pace since 2014. Before Poroshenko’s visit, fresh results were achieved in many areas.

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Burak Pehlivan, Chairman of the Board of the International Ukrainian Turkish Business Association, told how Turkey’s experience in economic advancement may be useful to Ukraine.  A Turkish businessman, who thoroughly and deeply analyzes the facts and events, as well as meticulously considers any item and does not make decisions on unverified information. This is the way, which Burak Pehlivan, who lives and works in Ukraine for more than 9 years, applies to his job and he is confident that our country has the potential to make Ukraine prosperous during the shortest time.

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The hryvnia, the national currency of Ukraine, has been exposed to two great devaluations against the dollar during the last 10 years. Before the first devaluation, one dollar used to be equal to five hryvnia according to the exchange rates. Due to the global economic crises in 2008, the hryvnia has lost value by 50 percent against the greenback and the exchange rate has first soared to 10 for a short time and subsequently, during approximately five years, the rate has been fixed at 8.

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Ukraine is changing, evolving rapidly, that the depth and scope of structural reforms achieved in last three and a half years, is more than what has been done in the first 23 years of independent Ukraine. As the result of said reforms, Ukraine’s ranking in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, has increased from 157th to 80th, by advancing 77 ranks, in the last 7 years. During this term, there is no other country that could make the breakthrough realized by Ukraine.

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Turkish investments in Ukraine total around $2.5 billion and Turkish executives lead the public and private sectors in the country Turkey was the first country to recognize Ukraine during its process of independence from the Soviet Union. Relations between the two countries, which started back then, increased steadily as Turkish series frequently appeared on Ukrainian television. This relationship was first reflected in tourism. The number of Ukrainian tourists, who had previously come in their thousands, recently reached millions.

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Interviewed by James Brooke, editor in chief of the Ukraine Business Journal(UBJ) at the TUID. Turkey Reaches out to Ukraine Overshadowed by Europe’s opening, Ukraine’s trade and investment is booming with Turkey, a nation with half of Russia’s GDP KYIV – When President Petro Poroshenko flies across the Black Sea next week to Turkey, it will be his third trip there in 14 months. This frequency reflects fast growing travel, trade and investment between Turkey and Ukraine, a relationship that is often obscured by Ukraine’s focus on Europe.

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Burak Bey, you are the Сhairman of International Turkish Ukrainian Business Association «TUID», which began its work in 2004. Please name a particularly significant event that was held during this period of TUID work? TUID is an organization created by Turkish and Ukrainian businessmen in 2004, working on further strengthening and deepening of economic and trade relations between Turkey and Ukraine. It is important for us through our activities strengthen the image of Ukraine in Turkey and the image of Turkey in Ukraine.

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Turkish Ukrainian Round Table focusing on the potential Turkish Ukrainian Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Turkish Investment opportunities in Ukraine is on the pages of the one of the most prestigious and popular Law Journal in the Central and Eastern Europe, CEE Law Matters. The event was organized by the law firms Gün+Partners and Vasil Kisil&Partners with the support of the Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey, Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Council(DEIK) and International Turkish Ukrainian Business Association(TUİD) in Istanbul.

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[caption id=“attachment_5364” align=“alignnone” width=“455”]Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) welcomes Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ® as they review a Guard of Honour during an official welcoming ceremony in Ankara, on March 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN[/caption]  ‘Golden Age’ ahead in Ukraine-Turkey ties’ ? Kyiv Post’s latest issue was like a Turkey’s issue. As a one of the most prestigious English newspaper in Central and Eastern Europe, Kyiv Post analyzed in its latest issue Turkish-Ukrainian economic and political relations.

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Burak Pehlivan


Kiev / Ukrayna