The B20 Turkey Antalya Summit, B20 Sessions

The B20 Turkey Summit was held in Antalya on November 14th-15th with the participation of more than 560 business leaders from 41 countries around the world.
The first day of the Summit started with the opening remarks by Mr. M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the B20 Turkey Chair and President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Cevdet Yılmaz also delivered his remarks and welcomed B20 members at the Summit.
After the opening session, Plenary Debate on the B20 Turkey Presidency and future B20 Presidencies was held. The discussion was moderated by Muhtar Kent, the Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company. The following distinguished guests participated in the debate: Perrin Beatty (President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce), Francisco Gonzalez (Chairman and CEO, BBVA), Sunil Bharti Mittal (Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises), Yu Ping (Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade), Alejandro Ramirez (CEO, Cinepolis), Güler Sabancı (Trade Taskforce Coordinating Chair, Chairwoman, Sabancı Holding), and Sir Martin Sorrell (Founder and CEO, WPP). Panelists discussed the need for the wide-spread ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), increase of financing of small- and medium-size businesses (SMEs) and diversification of opportunities for SME financing; and financial regulations improvements.
The session was succeeded by the B20 Turkey handover ceremony which was organized to mark the transition from the Turkish B20 Presidency to next year’s Chinese Presidency.
Following the handover ceremony, the summit continued with two parallel roundtable sessions on “Growth and Investment” and “Trade, Jobs and Competitiveness” moderated by Tunç Uyanık, CEO, World SME Forum and Dr. Janamitra Devan, Member, B20 Turkey Steering Committee, respectively. Session discussions evolved around the B20 Turkey progress, how the outcomes of the Turkish B20 cycle should be communicated to the G20 leaders, and how the recommendations should be advocated for after the G20 Antalya Summit. During the two sessions, B20 Turkey Taskforce Chairs delivered remarks on their taskforce recommendations and answered questions from the audience.
The first day of the Summit concluded with the B20 Turkey Welcoming Reception, and the B20 Gala Dinner hosted by Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu. At the dinner, Mehmet Şimşek, the Treasury Minister, and Menderes Türel, Mayor of Antalya, delivered short remarks on the achievements of the B20 Turkey.