On 20th January 2017, PODEM, with the support of TÜRKONFED (Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation), convened a roundtable meeting with the participation of business people from various provinces, in order to develop joint suggestions for the development of Eastern and Southeastern regions.
The meeting started with the presentation of the findings of a field research carried out with business people from Istanbul and Diyarbakır throughout September – October 2016. In the following discussion session, business community’s outlook to recent political developments and to regional economic development, and their potential to engage in joint projects for social peace, were evaluated in light of the findings. The participants further shared their views on what the business community could do to harness regional interaction.
The report, entitled “Regional Development for Social Peace: Impressions from Istanbul and Diyarbakır Business Communities” will be made available on our website soon.