Indicating his belief that, in addition to the ones in Berlin, Mexico, Tokyo and Washington, the OECD Istanbul Centre to start operating in Istanbul would undertake successful works, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "Thus, we are getting one more step closer to our goal of making Istanbul a centre for international organizations, in particular for the United Nations. Hopefully, through the OECD Istanbul Centre, we will be able to contribute more to the organization's work across wide geographies, including the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia."
President Erdoğan sent a video message to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Istanbul Centre opening ceremony.
Starting his remarks by wishing the OECD Istanbul Centre to be put into service today might be auspicious, President Erdoğan said, "I am very pleased to share your excitement even through the video message, although I could not be among you personally."
Expressing that Turkey is one of the founding members of the OECD, of which the leading 37 economies are members and which has left its 60th anniversary behind, President Erdoğan said, "We wished one centre of the OECD which is one of the main pillars of the global economy to be established in Turkey".
President Erdoğan said, "I believe that the OECD Istanbul Centre to start operating in Istanbul, in addition to the ones in Berlin, Mexico, Tokyo and Washington, will undertake successful works. Thus, we are getting one more step closer to our goal of making Istanbul a centre for international organizations, in particular the United Nations. Hopefully, through the OECD Istanbul Centre, we will be able to contribute more to the organization's work across wide geographies, including the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia."
"The pandemic has led to the deepening of the current global recession"
Pointing out that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed countries to severe challenges on a global scale, regardless of their economic and social development levels, President Erdoğan stated the following:
"The pandemic has led to the deepening of the current global recession. We have witnessed that not only economic troubles but also injustices in society increased. Under these circumstances, the OECD has pioneered both in combating the pandemic and solving the economic and social problems caused by it. It has prepared recommendations that include strong, inclusive, and sustainable measures to revive global economic growth and employment. It has actively cooperated with the United Nations and its affiliated organizations and other international organizations including G20 and World Trade Organization. These works will accelerate the recovery process in the upcoming period. Hopefully, the Istanbul Centre will both serve the organization's strategy towards member countries and strive to strengthen trade and investment relations with non-member countries during this process."
President Erdoğan emphasized that the Centre will become an important meeting point for members and partners with high-level events to be hosted.
President Erdoğan concluded his words as follows:
"We hope the Centre will play a truly 'central' role in the works of the OECD. We expect the OECD Istanbul Centre to provide a wide range of services in communication with Paris. While ending my words with these thoughts, I congratulate everyone who contributed to the opening of our Centre, especially the Trade and Foreign Affairs Ministers and the Secretary-General. I would like to thank the Secretary-General for his service during his tenure which he will complete as of June 1, 2021, on behalf of my country and nation, and wish him success in his new duties. I wish the OECD Istanbul Centre to be auspicious, and I salute you once again with my heartfelt feelings."