TÜSIAD- BBI Commemoration on occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Germany-Turkey Recruitment Agreement

A Business & Industry Perspective and Experience Sharing 
23 November 2021, 14:00-15:30 (Berlin) - 16:00-17:30 (Istanbul) via Zoom*

2021 is a very special year for German-Turkish relations. 30th October marks the 60th anniversary of the so-called German-Turkish recruitment agreement. Without the workforce, who came to Germany under this agreement, the economic miracle in Germany would not have been feasible. With this webinar, we aim to acknowledge the valuable contributions of the Turkish initially ‘guest workers’, later often ‘entrepreneurs’ to the German economy from a business and industry perspective. Moreover, we would like to provide them yet another platform to share their personal accounts and experiences in German labor market to reflect upon diversity and inclusion and draw parallels with the current situation.




Welcome Note by Dr. Hüseyin Gelis, President of BBI Executive Board & TÜSİAD Germany Network and Siemens Turkey President and CEO

Moderated by by Değer Akal, Foreign Policy Correspondent

Part I: A Business and Industry Perspective | Economic Contributions of Foreign Workforce to the Labor Market Then and Now

  • Dr. Gunilla Fincke, Head of Division II a5 at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) responsible for Basic issues of Migration and Integration Policy
  • Dr. Nicolas Keller, Deputy Head of Department at the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) responsible for Labor Market
  • Dr. Yaşar Aydın, Lecturer at the Hamburg Protestant University and Senior Researcher at Foreign Policy Institute (METU)

Part II: Personal Accounts and Experience Sharing| Diversity and Inclusion in German Labor Market

  • Dr. İbrahim Karasu, Association of German Banks (BDB), Managing Director
  • Dr. Ahmet Lokurlu, Turkish German Energy and Environmental Institute (GTEI), Director
  • Özcan Mutlu, Disability and Rehabilitation Sports Association (BSB) Berlin, President
  • Bilkay Öney, Berlin State Office for Building Management Part B (LfG-B) responsible for Refugee Accommodation, Managing Director
  • Coşkun Yasa, Head of the Turkish Network of Daimler (DTT)

Concluding Remarks by Dr. Hüseyin Gelis, BBI Executive Board President and Siemens Turkey President and CEO


 *Please note that the event language is English without translation.

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Etkinlik Tarihi / Event Date 23-11-2021, Salı, 16:00
Etkinlik Bitiş / Event end Date 23-11-2021, Salı, 17:30
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