Developing Izmir: Round Table Discussion

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

This round table aims to discuss the progress of  İzmir, a city whose aim is realize the vision of “Developing, Growing and Innovative Izmir”. İzmir is currently is the third biggest city and second most important seaport of Turkey.  The city and its hinterland is pivotal trade hub in the region. With free zones, industrial zones, maritime opportunities, transport infrastructure as well as quality labour force,  İzmir continues to add significant amount of value added to the economy.

The session brings three prominent persons in İzmir Economy. The three discussants are successful businesspersons and economic leaders in  İzmir. They are also serving as level executives for professional associations.

The theme is to have the speakers express their opinions about the growth and development of İzmir.

Roundtable participants:
Chair: David Bailey,  Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School, former Chair of the Regional Studies Association
International Facilitator: Paul Hildreth, University of Salford, SURF- The Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures, Board Member of the Regional Studies Association

Discussants:
Işınsu Kestelli, President, Izmir Commodity Exchange
Geza Dologh, President, Aegean Foundation for Economic Development
Bülent Akgerman, President, Deputy Chairman and Shareholder, AKG Group

The Round Table session will take place 17th May 2014 between 14:00-16:00

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