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Salon A. Closed Session.
Salon A. Closed Session.
Continental Breakfast at Salon A
Opening Ceremony, Welcoming Remarks, and Keynote Address
The opening plenary of this year’s conference will center on the restoration of political and business relations between the United States and Turkey, focusing on the ways in which the refurbishment of industry-to-industry relations may function as a gateway for mutual understanding and cooperation across sectors. Panelists will address the major issues affecting both countries while simultaneously depicting how collaboration may serve as the ultimate tool of engendering success, as individuals from either side are encouraged to develop mutually-beneficial solutions to common problems. This panel will underscore the historical value of the U.S.-Turkey alliance as well as demonstrate its prevailing significance, noting that hardship provides a unique opportunity for growth and the evocation of even more formidable relations going forward.
Morning Networking Break
This panel will discuss two major policy changes implemented by the United States in 2018 with the potential for profound impacts on U.S.-Turkish defense relations: (1) the restructuring of the Acquisition, Technology, Logistics organization (AT&L) and (2) a revamped strategy for overseeing overseas arms sales. Our expert panelists will first address the ways in which the private defense industrial firms from both Turkey and the United States, as well as Turkish defense acquisition counterparts, can adapt to the restructuring of AT&L into Acquisitions and Sustainment, which manages military acquisition, and Research and Engineering, which will oversee all future research and development. The panel will then shift focus to the streamlining of overseas, government-to-government arms sales under the Trump administration’s “Buy American” policy and its implications for U.S.-Turkish defense cooperation.
Despite resurgent support for protectionist trade policies, ongoing diplomatic uncertainty, and the obstacles created by new tariffs, one of the world’s best destinations for foreign direct investment (FDI) continues to be the United States. This trend holds true with U.S.-Turkish trade, as bilateral trade and the number of Turkish firms investing in the United States have both increased tremendously within the last five years, demonstrating the benefits of a robust, productive partnership. This panel will discuss viable markets for investment in the United States with the help of recent FDI patterns along with the impacts of the recent steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on trade relations between the two countries.
The majority of global energy investment is now going to renewable energy production, while almost two thirds of net power capacity around the world in 2017 was generated by renewable technologies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that, within the next five years, growth in renewable energy generation will be twice as large as that of gas and coal combined. This prodigious growth has prompted the American private sector to push for investment in renewable energy production, while Turkey has diversified its energy portfolio and made renewable energy production capacity the centerpiece of its new national energy strategy. This panel will explore the future outlook of renewable energy capacity and its impact on the electricity market as well as potential partnership and investment opportunities between the U.S. and Turkey.
Amb. John R. Bolton, National Security Advisor, U.S. National Security Council (INVITED) | H.E. Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance of Turkey (INVITED)
Experts predict that humanity will need to produce 60% more food globally by 2050, while increasingly urbanized populations create the need for nontraditional agricultural production even as widespread soil erosion and chronic fresh water shortages decrease the effectiveness of traditional agricultural practices. Fortunately, modern agribusinesses have a number of solutions, including vertical farming in urban centers, enhanced water purification and storage, synthetic fertilizer that preserves organic soil, and even cutting-edge seeds that require no soil. This panel will discuss the ways in which science, policy, and business are working together to solve the pressing need to produce more food in a sustainable way for our growing urban populations, while exploring the means for establishing U.S.-Turkey partnerships that may converge to promote the innovative future of agriculture.
The global manufacturing and retail industry is undergoing extraordinary change driven by increasing user demands on one side and technological innovation to sustain growth on the other. The explosion in connected platforms, combined with the abundance of data from field devices and the rapidly evolving technological landscape, has made integrated digitalization a vital component for companies to quickly adapt their products and services. This adaptation simply means moving from a physical world to a digital one, allowing smarter, faster, and more integrated, cost-effective methods of production. This panel will discuss the importance of digital transformation for businesses trying to meet the needs and challenges of the future, as well as how the expansion of such technology may impact and alter the future of bilateral investment between the United States and Turkey and allow for revolutionary opportunities within the sector.
Cloud computing is a scalable platform that uses servers pooled together to provide modern-day assets, such as virtual computing, storage, and additional services in order to meet the needs of every type of organization, from small-to-medium enterprises to multinational corporations and governments. However, the transition into the Cloud is often clouded by many unknown variables pertaining to security, privacy, reliability, and performance. For example, a security breach through one organization has the potential to affect everyone operating over the cloud, making it more important than ever for allies to work together to guarantee each other’s security online. Our expert panelists from Turkey and the United States from both sectors, public and private, will discuss the benefits and challenges of cloud computing, the best practices for cloud security, and the most effective methods of enhancing protection through the implementation of cloud-based services.
Afternoon Networking Break
Both the United States and Turkey stand at the intersection between the past and future of infrastructure. As Turkey’s middle class grows, so does its demand for energy and access to amenities like personal vehicles, making the development of Turkey’s energy and transportation infrastructure integral to its economic growth for the immediate future. The United States, meanwhile, stands in desperate need of an infrastructure overhaul, both to maintain existing systems and to create new methods of meeting the demands created by new technologies. This panel will discuss how countries can benefit from mutual investment as well as business-to-business and business-to-government partnerships.
This panel will provide an update on the Turkish government’s domestic defense industrial advancement program and discuss how it will impact US-Turkey relations in addition to Turkey’s relations with other NATO allies. The Turkish government’s new program aims to modernize Turkey’s military forces and help balance its trade deficit, which provides a unique opportunity to improve cooperative endeavors between American and Turkish defense industry firms while increasing the vitality of the overarching relationship. Our expert defense industry panelists from both Turkey and the United States will provide valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for future cooperation presented by the shift in Ankara’s defense industrial policy.
Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Continental Breakfast will be served before Economic Plenary. Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (INVITED)
Turkey remains the 19th largest economy on Earth and the second largest destination for Foreign Direct Investment in West Asia, attracting myriad international investors from around the world. Even during times of economic turbulence, many companies have chosen to invest their time and capital in Turkey. By investing in Turkey, private sector companies concurrently act as a bridge between the United States and Turkey, helping to maintain a durable relationship in difficult times. Join us as we ask high level executives from leading companies why they chose to invest in Turkey in particular, how recent financial turbulence has affected their investment strategies, and what advice they have for other companies seeking to follow in their footsteps.
Morning Networking Break
OECD data forecasts that the total domestic demand of its member countries will decline slightly in 2019. Although the anticipated decline is not predicted to be sharp, the OECD’s forecast epitomizes the climate of the global economy. Despite trade remedies, such as anti-dumping duties or countervailing tariffs against subsidized imports, businesses are looking abroad for new export markets. This panel will discuss the alternative tools that can provide long-term financing solutions, minimizing the risk of insolvency, for small-to-medium and large export-oriented companies both in the United States and Turkey.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly invisible and assimilated into our daily lives as it quietly penetrates almost every major industry, from healthcare and finance to transportation and education. AI has many benefits, but brings with it myriad potential challenges and questions that will affect the future of work, privacy, and public policy. Understanding the models used to design new AI technology is essential to maintaining public safety. AI’s potential impact on innovation and its inherent risks require us to identify the role that policy and institutions play in promoting effective incentives for safety. This panel will discuss AI’s potential of delivering benefits to society, increasing efficiency, improving quality of life, and the policies required to minimize risks and maintain safety.
[Morning Session] Entrepreneurship & Investment Track by Draper University
H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Trade for Turkey (INVITED) | Amb. Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (INVITED)
B2B: Connect & Grow
[Afternoon Session] Entrepreneurship & Investment Track by Draper University
Wednesday Night Reception
Wednesday Night Gala Dinner with Keynote Speaker
See what our participants say about the conference:
… the U.S.-Turkey relationship has long made both countries safer, more innovative, and more prosperous.
Those of us who want to live in freedom, those of us who want to live in prosperity and those of us who want to live in safety, have to find ways to work together, particularly in times of political turmoil.
The United States and Turkey need each other. Ours is not a partnership of convenience or of temporary interests. It is one of conviction. A time tested alliance built on the enduring foundation of common interests, mutual respect, and shared values.
For over 6 decades, Turkey and the United States have been staunch allies and strong partners, bound by common values and mutual interests.
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