Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited our province on 30/09/2019.
Within the program, the TOBB President, who visited the Governor of Ordu, first visited the Metropolitan Municipality and then came to our Exchange. Welcomed by our councilors, staff and members in our commodity exchange, TOBB President said, “Ordu Commodity Exchange is an accredited institution. In other words, the service it provides is based on an internationally valid standard certificate. I did not give this document. They deserved themselves by constantly improving their service quality. Even this situation alone is enough to prove how reliable the Commodity Exchange is in its business and transactions. ” In his words, he pointed out that our stock exchange is generally reliable institutions in general.
TOBB President, who opened the service building of Ordu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, later held the “Those Who Add Value to the Economy Award Ceremony”. Opening speeches were held before the ceremony. The Chairman of the Board of our Exchange, Mr. Ziver KAHRAMAN, said in his opening speech.
Dear Metropolitan Municipality Mayor,
Dear representatives of our city,
The valuable chairman, who is the largest and one legal umbrella organization of the Turkish private sector, Turkey Chambers and Stock Exchanges Union!
I greet you with respect on behalf of our members, my institution, my council members, our employees. As a state that prevails in critical and strategic geography, we have always needed unity and solidarity. Whatever purpose we gather, we have to give messages of unity and solidarity and to be in unity and solidarity. I would like to start my words by offering my gratitude to our security forces, who are the guarantee of our unity and solidarity and wishing mercy to our martyrs.
Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity see here, Mr. Chairman, and to access a real pleasure and the honour of hosting is also a great honour for us. Dear Chairman, you have always been a friend beyond a Chairman. Based on the authority we receive from this closeness, I greet you once more with my most friendly feelings and say, welcome to our city, home and home.
For years, Ordu has not been able to find many opportunities to use and express the great potential it has hosted. There are many negativities that we know like this, are now changing. And now Ordu is preparing for a great change and a historical leap. After that, Ordu now has the potential to become a center of attraction for investors in the coming years. It will be a commercial center through the Black Sea-Mediterranean Road, which is complemented by a port to be built on the Black Sea in the north, and Ordu-Giresun Airport, which was put into service. For him, Ordu wants a port! Because, following the opening of Ordu-Giresun Airport, which was put into service with the “Black Sea-Mediterranean Road” that will connect the Black Sea to Central Anatolia and the Mediterranean, there will be a commercial activity in this corridor. We do not want to get only the exhaust gas of trucks in this commercial mobility. We want to be the commercial centre of the region with a high capacity and deep port. The port is a public infrastructure and we are demanding for our government to be included in the investment program!
Your foot has always been auspicious to this city. Do you remember? During your visit to our city many years ago, your words, “Do not vote for those who do not promise to make your airport,” have become a slogan in this city and we have experienced the happiness and honor of welcoming you at Ordu-Giresun Airport today. I present my respects and gratitude to everyone and everyone who has contributed to our government and officials, especially our government, and the authorities, at the point of construction and commissioning of our airport when it is available, Mr. Governor.
Ordu has to consider the fact that being the most hazelnut-producing city in the world and being indexed to hazelnut economy is no longer a disadvantage however an advantage and to host investments that will affect the world markets in this field. We are the leader in hazelnut production since we are a city that produces about 200 thousand tons of shelled hazelnuts over the years. We want to turn this position into an opportunity and become competitive worldwide in the hazelnut industry. We want to continue our dominance in the world market with alternative products, in addition to the dominant markets, with the product range in addition to the classical product range. We have potentials and entrepreneurial spirit to get more share from the world market with high added value products focused on R&D, product and innovation.
We are aware that what we have existence has shortcomings. We are on the same ship with our farmers, producers, industrialists and exporters, who value this rare product, with our farmers who produce our hazelnuts, which we produce by struggling with nature and teeth in 80% inclined lands. WE have slogan: “Unity brings mercy, however, separation brings punishment”. $ 3 billion of the $ 22 billion of the exports of agricultural products constitutes hazelnuts. With this in mind, our goal for 2023 is to generate revenue of $ 5 billion. That’s why; we will strive to produce more and earn more for our region and country. When we look at the foreign trade data of our city; It is observed that foreign trade with an annual export of approximately 203 million dollars and import of 38 million dollars annually gives surplus. We have the potential to win many times over these numbers. The total value of “Herbal and Animal Activities” in our province is approximately 2 Billion TL. And we are trying to put forward projects every day in order to activate our potentials that will multiply this value.
We want to show the most powerful example of University-Industry cooperation as a “model”. As Ordu Commodity Exchange, we are aware of where we are in the process and our responsibilities at the establishment of University-Industry Cooperation. Mr. Governor, In this sense, we attach great importance to maintaining close relations with other science centers, especially Ordu University.
We see our hazelnuts as a great blessing of divine might, and we endeavor to appreciate it. However, we have the common sense to say that we have many shortcomings that we have not seen and overlooked so far. What is this fact? While Turkish Hazelnuts are used as finished and semi-finished products in more than a hundred countries in the world, unfortunately, it is not known/recognized, especially in the eyes of the consumer. So, we are not able to turn our hazelnuts into a brand. Trademark registration of Turkish hazelnuts is now inevitable. Our age is the era of brand and image, and we have to do what the age requires for our hazelnut.
We try to express the importance of hazelnuts for us on every platform. Unfortunately, “Production”, “Trade” and “Structural” origin problems in hazelnut, which means “life” for us, have now become chronic. I would like to mention the reasons that caused this in short titles.
Firstly, our costs are very high during the production phase, which is the most important problem affecting the welfare of the producers. Supporting models focused on production activity should be preferred while supporting the manufacturer. The rural residence has largely disappeared and our hazelnut gardens have been left to their fate. This has a negative impact on productivity and quality. Average operating size is far below the standard to be accepted. In these small enterprises, production is done with traditional methods. This concrete situation negatively affects quality, efficiency and profit. Production, unfortunately, is not made on a scientific basis. Now, using certified seedlings, the creation of new and young gardens, whose gene structure has been determined, should come to the agenda. Structural measures must be taken to strengthen the producer against free-market conditions.
The “Agricultural Insurance System” shortened as TARSİM should be reviewed and revised. Just as a traditional production of hazelnuts should be abandoned, traditional and classical methods should be abandoned and scientific methods should be adopted at all other stages. We have to maintain our superiority in hazelnuts with product diversification based on “R&D” and “P&D” and institutional configurations such as “innovation” and “clustering”. Energy incentives, government incentives such as insurance incentives should be applied intensely in hazelnut trading and processing facilities. Speculation and polemics made over the price of hazelnuts should be put to an end now. This kind of polemic, speculation and referrals have not benefited any segment of the industry. On the contrary, it has made the sector an enemy. The inheritance of the lands is a serious structural problem preventing the modernization of the production pattern. Rooted and structural measures such as “contract agriculture”, “agricultural management”, “land consolidation” should be taken.
We wish that God keeps us in unity on the way, which we proceed in the point of view of ‘our policy is economy’, which is stated in the Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges and with the 365 Chambers and Commodity Exchanges.
Mr. Governor, Mr. President,
The period we passed through is full of pain for our country and the geography we live in. I wish God to end these pains with all my heart and to continue to live with feelings of peace and brotherhood.
On this beautiful day that we exhibit unity, solidarity and unity, I thank all of you for completing this hall and I would like to thank you for my personal, institution and city.”
Following the award ceremony, “Black Sea Region Chamber Exchange Joint Meeting was held.
TOBB Exchange Manager Yiğit ATEŞ at the Joint Meeting, about the price formation and announcement process in the Commodity Exchanges; TOBB Chairman Consultant Hasan Çağlayan DÜNDAR informed about Licensed Warehousing and TÜRİB General Manager Ali KIRALİ about Product Specialization Exchange.
TOBB Chairman Mr. M. Rifat HİSARCIKLIOĞLU chaired the meeting where opinions, evaluations and suggestions of Chamber and Exchange representatives were received.