Visit of the belgian liberal center-right party MR ( Mouvement Reformateur) in Turkey.
A delegation of the Mouvement Reformateur -the belgian liberal center-right party-, chaired by Françoise BERTIAUX (member of brussels regional parliament) and in which took part Louis Michel MEP, Viviane TEITELBAUM (member of brussels regional parliament), Richard MILLER (member of belgian Senate); Belma TEK (member of the city council in Evere), Georges VERZIN (alderman in Schaerbeek), Philippe PIVIN (member of brussels regional parliament) decided to pay a visit to Turkey some weeks ago to learn more about Turkey’s economic development and to strengthen ties with a country from which an important part of the brussels population originates.
They were first received by the Consul General of Belgium in Istanbul François Del Marmol, the economic and commercial attaché of the Region of Brussels-Capital and Aydin Akay Sabih Bilginer, member the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Belgium and Luxembourg to Istanbul. They were informed about investment opportunities presented by Turkey. Turkey has the 16th largest economy in Europe.
The liberal delegation was also told that the anatolian economy is emerging and is nowadays an excellent alternative to the Istanbul metropolis which is economically saturated with over 350,000 businesses.
The delegation visited further different schools to get a better knowledge of the education system in Turkey wich focusses on links between companies and education. The delegation paied a visit to secondary schools also to the technical university of Yildiz.
A chocolate factory (Ülker) and the first turkish newsmagazine ZAMAN received also the visit of the MR-delegation.
This visit allowed the members to see how far Turkey has made progress to become one of the key players of the eurasiatic continent.
Miguel D. DESNERCK
pictures: Belma Tek