*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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The text below is summary of the Burak Pehlivan’s interview by Olena Gordiienko Kyiv Post staff writer and includes wide part of the article of Olena Gordiienko and Ilya Timtchenko about Turkey Ukraine economic relations. Turkey and Ukraine are heading in the same directions in some ways: Both want to join or integrate more closely with the European Union. Both are transit routes between East and West. And both still have improvements to make in democracy.

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I can still clearly remember receiving a phone call in the last days of 2014 from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, inviting me to make a speech regarding cooperation between public and private sectors at a meeting hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and supported by USAID. The meeting was part of USAID research into possible precedents for economic and structural reforms in Ukraine. Turkey featured prominently in this research, leading to a high-level delegation trip to Turkey involving the participation of Ukrainian politicians, ministry officials and business community representatives.

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Süleyman Onatça, President of the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED), the largest businessmen association of Turkey established on volunteering basis and the members of which consist 155 businessmen associations, 23 federations, 20 of which regional and 3 industry-specific federations, more than 12.500 businessmen and more than 40 thousand companies in Turkey, along with his entourage, paid a study visit to Ukraine. Within the scope of the project prepared jointly with the German Marshall Fund, the first stop of said delegation visiting Ukraine, was the headquarters of the International Turkish Ukrainian Businessmen Association (TUID) in Kiev and the delegation was subsequently accepted by HE Yönet Can Tezel, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Kiev to Ukraine.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will pay an official visit to Ukraine on March 20, with a broad delegation consisting of, among others, six major ministers from the cabinet and prominent businessmen of the country. This visit is considered as very important, because it shall be the first visit by high-ranking officials from Turkey to Ukraine, which intends to shape its future within the framework of unification with the European Union.

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Kiev / Ukrayna