Turkish Cypriot
Chamber of Commerce

Brussels Representation Newsletter

ISSUE 14, 18 July 2014


KTTO and KEBE will "Lead By Example"

The two leading business organisations in Cyprus, The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) and the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce (KEBE) have launched their most recent bi-communal project on 11 July 2014 in Nicosia’s buffer zone, aiming to promote dialogue, cooperation and reconciliation between the society and the business community across the divide. The project which will receive funding up to 250,000 Euros from the European Union will play an instrumental role in demonstrating the business communities on both sides that joint collaboration can be progressive and profitable for all Cypriots.

The project titled “Leading by Example: Engagement of TC and GC Business Leaders in Dialogue, Cooperation and Reconciliation”, will include the identification of a common trading place, such as a flea market, the feasibility study of the “Nicosia Ring tour”, establishment of a park for cooperation, cross community internship programmes for young unemployed professionals, workshops as well as joint visits to Turkey and Greece. Last but not least, a mobile phone agreement between the two sides will also be a part of the project. READ MORE

KTTO meets Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mr. Çavuşoğlu

On 1 July 2014, KTTO delegation presided by Fikri Toros also met Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlüd Çavuşoğlu. During the meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu reiterated Turkey’s commitment for a fair and sustainable solution to the Cyprus problem and underlined the importance of preparing Turkish Cypriots for the introduction and implementation of the EU law facilitating North Cyprus’s integration to the EU.

On behalf of the KTTO delegation, Toros expressed his concern regarding the pace of the Cyprus negotiation process and requested Turkey’s support in keeping the interest of the international community alive in the process. Agreeing with Minister Çavuşoğlu on the importance of preparing North Cyprus for the integration with the EU, Toros said they were eager to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Turkey’s Ministry of EU Affairs in this respect.


KTTO Board Member Salih Çeliker         re-elected as Vice President of ESBA

KTTO Board Member Salih Çeliker has been re-elected as Vice President of European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held on 20 June 2014 in Brussels. KTTO became a full member of ESBA in January 2010 and Mr. Celiker has been serving as its Vice President since June 2012. 

Commenting on his re-election, Mr Celiker said “As an organisation aiming to promote the interests of small-enterprises at the EU level, ESBA is a suitable platform for North Cyprus where 99% of businesses are small and micro businesses. It has been an honour for me to represent KTTO and the Turkish Cypriot business community in ESBA since 2010. ESBA has been steadily growing and strengthening its position in the EU arena and I look forward to contributing to its success for another term as a Vice President”.

Founded in 1998, ESBA is a non-party political group representing and advocating the interests of the small business entrepreneurs and the self-employed at the EU-level. The Alliance now represents almost one million small businesses and covers 35 European countries.

For more information on ESBA: http://www.esba-europe.org/

ESBA organizes its annual event jointly with SEAP:  “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: What’s in it for SMEs?”

On 19 June 2014, the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) in cooperation with the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) held an event on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Speakers at the event included the US Ambassador to the EU, Anthony L. Gardner, who addressed the attendees as the keynote speaker, as well as speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the standards world and the private sector representatives. The key players in the TTIP negotiations gave insights into European, American perspectives on the issue and discussed what the impact of TTIP will be on the small businesses.

The event which was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU was attended by more than 130 stakeholders from different sectors. READ MORE


KTTO Delegation visits TOBB

During its visit to Turkey on 1 July 2014, KTTO delegation presided by Mr. Fikri Toros, President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO), visited M. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and its Board of Directors. The two Chambers agreed to enhance their cooperation in order to develop the Turkish Cypriot economy and contribute to the efforts of finding a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem. READ MORE

About Us

Established in 1958, the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) is an internationally-recognized organization, representing the Turkish Cypriot business community at home and abroad.  READ MORE


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