Turkey is a vivid example of the historic economic, political and social changes that are underway in countries of the three rapidly transforming regions at whose intersection it lies – Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The changes and pace of transformation in countries in the region are demonstrating fundamental impact on their economic trajectory and outlook for growth and investment. Following Turkey’s first-ever direct presidential elections in August, Turkey will assume presidency of the G20 in December, creating new opportunities for shaping both the domestic and international agendas.
The World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Unlocking Resources for Regional Development is an opportunity for senior global and regional stakeholders to better understand, adapt to and shape these national and regional transformations by engaging with key economic decision-makers and other leaders from business, government and civil society. Over the two days of the meeting in Istanbul, participants will have the chance to build national and cross-regional initiatives and alliances, thereby unlocking underemployed economic resources for the benefit of all.