Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

“Yalova is a great region with its natural resources and beauties”

16.10.2021 / Yalova

Yalova Chamber of Commerce and Industry New Service Building Opening Ceremony was held with the participation of M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).​

Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that chambers have become the main service center of the real sector, “So their institutional service capacity should be at the highest point. Yalova Chamber of Commerce and Industry is already accredited. It offers 5-star service. They are doing a lot of good work. For the development and enrichment of Yalova, they do their part.”

Emphasizing that all these works have paid off, Hisarcıklıoğlu said: “Ten years ago, there was no one from Yalova among the 1000 largest industrial enterprises. Now you're in this ranking with 4 companies. With the Osmangazi bridge, the land value of this place has increased a lot. Our chamber aims to evaluate the land at hand in the best way by presenting the right vision. In this context, it wants to bring the production of high-tech, high-value-added products to Yalova. One of them is carbon fiber production and one of the main facilities in the world is now operating in Yalova. I am also pleased to learn that our chamber is working to establish a Technopark in Yalova. Our Women and Young entrepreneurs will thus have an area where they can turn their brilliant ideas into products. In addition, 4 of our companies have established an R&D Center and one of our companies has established a Design Center.”

The TOBB President said that they are proud that all 3 OIZs that will be operational soon are going to be environmentally friendly and green. “‎Once the OIZs come to life, hopefully Yalova will make another leap and attract billions of dollars in investment. ‎Yalova is also a city of environment and nature. An oxygen tank between Istanbul, Kocaeli and Bursa. And your coastline is long. You have a rare thermal spa like no other in the world. That's why it's been where emperors came from roman times, where they restored morale and energy. In short, Yalova is a great geography with its natural resources and beauties. It gives you peace with its green and blue.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu said that there is great potential for health tourism in Yalova, and that a tourist who comes for health leaves 10 times the money that normally comes.

“This great region also has fertile soils,” Hisarcıklıoğlu said, adding that Yalova provides a quarter of the cut flower production, and that the chamber's attempt to hold a flower festival to brand Yalova's name in this area is a very correct step.

Noting that the ship industry is developing rapidly along with shipyards in Yalova, Hisarciklıoğlu said, “President Tahsin said that every month a ship is constructed. You even sold ships to a country like Norway that specializes in this. This is a singular entrepreneurial achievement, congratulations.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu reminded that Yalova CCI has a protocol for cooperation with universities and shipyards to solve the problem of intermediate staff.

“And don't we have any problems? Of course we do,” Hisarcıklıoğlu said. We visited our chamber 3 months ago and discussed this at our 1.50 a.m. Council Meeting. Our friends in the Administration and Council of our Chamber shared their troubles. So I took these and forwarded them to the relevant places. But let me tell you, despair is unbecoming of an entrepreneurial spirit. We have overcome many difficult processes and moved on. We have the will and the means to overcome all adversity. As long as we stand united. Thank you, Governor, Our Deputies, our Mayor. When it comes to Yalova, they stand united. That's the formula that makes a city a brand. I would like to thank them individually for this.”

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