World Economic Forum Special Meeting in Turkey


Istanbul, Turkey / 28 - 29 September 2014
Unlocking Resources for Economic Growth

Turkey is not only at the crossroads of three rapidly transforming regions, but is also going through its own economic, political and social transformation. Following the first-ever direct presidential elections in August, Turkey will assume Chairmanship of the G20 as of December, creating new opportunities for shaping the domestic and international agendas. Meanwhile, the three regions that border Turkey – Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East and North Africa – are each experiencing rapid and historic economic and political changes and challenges that are fundamentally impacting their economic trajectory and the outlook for growth and investment.

The World Economic Forum Special Meeting in Turkey, taking place in Istanbul on 28-29 September 2014, is a unique 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.

Under the theme “Unlocking Resources for Economic Growth”, the meeting will focus in particular on four pillars:

  1. Turkey’s vision and future, particularly in regard to its G20 leadership
  2. Shifting energy dynamics across the region
  3. The future of infrastructure, both physical and digital
  4. Entrepreneurial models that increase inclusive growth

Building on the Forum’s deep engagement in Turkey and the surrounding regions, the special meeting will convene political, business and thought leaders to drive a range of national and cross-regional initiatives and alliances that will unlock underused economic resources for the benefit of all stakeholders.


Istanbul, Turkey 28 - 29 September 2014


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