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Salon A. Closed Session.
Republic of Turkey Ambassador's Residence: 1606 23rd Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Remarks
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 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.
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.
Preserving our natural resources and implementing sustainable waste management programs has become a focal point for government programs and private industries all around the world. The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, along with its private sector partners, has been actively working to implement Zero Waste programs by 2023. The 2023 vision targets minimization and prevention of waste production, changing consumption habits to minimize waste output, and separation of waste types at their sources. This panel will focus on Turkey's 2023 goals and discuss the current status of regulations, programs and opportunities in environmental technologies. The panel will also discuss planned projects and share best practice examples from zero waste programs in Turkey and the U.S.
Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
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.
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 the public and private sectors 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
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.
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.
H.E. Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance of Turkey | | Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President (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. Private sector investors and 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
5G technology will impact almost every industry and enable the creation of a wide array of new services and revenue streams. Moreover, this new and emerging technology will serve as the cornerstone of a new digital environment and become the focal point for a new competitive age, a decade where intellectual property, standards, and patents will play an integral role in the technological marketplace. Though full of potential, 5G networks will require different and novel security measures that vary based on sector-specific needs. This panel will discuss potential security challenges and explore the innovative initiatives working to secure the networks of the new decade.
H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Trade | Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Trade
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For over 6 decades, Turkey and the United States have been staunch allies and strong partners, bound by common values and mutual interests.
… 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.