BRICA meets in Istanbul

18-19 October 2018 Swissotel The Bosphorus REGISTER NOW


    Erol Bilecik


    TÜSİAD has the pleasure of being a founding member of BRICA. We are excited to host BRICA istanbul Summit this year. We target high level public and private sector presence from Asian, European and BRI countries in this international event. 

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    Li Yizhong

    Chairman, China Federation of Industrial Economics

    The Belt and Road Industrial and Commercial Alliance (BRICA) was initiated by China Federation of Industrial Economics (CFIE) and jointly established by more than 20 prominent industrial and commercial organizations in 2016.

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    Xiong Meng

    CFIE Executive Vice Chairman & BRICA Secretary General

    BRICA Istanbul Summit is an important multilateral international summit under BRICA framework, with a wide participation of BRICA member organizations and representatives from both political and business community.

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    About BRICA

    BRICA Meets In Istanbul

    The Belt & Road Industrial and Commercial Alliance (BRICA)

    The Belt & Road Industrial and Commercial Alliance (BRICA) is a multilateral cooperation mechanism envisioned and initiated by CFIE to unite leading industrial and commercial organizations worldwide for the common prosperity along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.



    Registration and Networking

    Welcoming Speeches

    • Xiong Meng, Executive Vice Chairman & Secretary General of CFIE and Secretary General of BRICA
    • Korhan Kurdoğlu, President, TÜSİAD China Network
    • Erol Bilecik, President, TÜSİAD
    • Suma Chakrabarti, President, EBRD
    • Chinese Government Representative (tbc)
    • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey (tbc)

    Group Photo

    (Heads or representatives of BRICA Member Organization Delegations with the introductory session’s participants)

    Coffee Break

    Introductory Session: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

    • Economic implications for China and regional & global economy
    • Financial Institutions as part of BRI, funding possibilities of the projects

    Moderator: Bruce Jones, Vice President, Brookings Institution

    • Cedrik Neike, Member of the Board, Siemens AG
    • Xiangyang Gao, President of the Board, ICBC Turkey
    • Mukhtar Hussain, Group General Manager, Head of Belt & Road Initiative, Asia Pacific, HSBC
    • Xu Heyi, Chairman, Beijing Automotive Group Co LTD

    Regulatory Cooperation & Dispute Settlement

    • Implementation challenges of BRI

    Moderator: Dr.İsmail G. Esin, Esin Law Office, Managing Partner

    • Prof. Dr. Ziya Akıncı, President, Istanbul Arbitration Centre
    • Dr. Michael W. Bühler, Senior Partner, Jones Day
    • Zhi Peng, Secretary General of Zhongguancun M&A Promotion Association and Executive Vice President of Tsinghua Asset Management Group

    Plenary Session: Banking – Finance - Insurance

    • Cooperation possibilities in financial markets
    • RMB Use
    • Infrastructure financing
    • Fintech

    Moderator: Barış Oran, CFO, Sabancı Holding; Board Member, TÜSİAD

    • William Chui, Regional Director, Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
    • Mehmet Şencan, Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Türkiye İşbank
    • Alexis Garatti, Head of Macroeconomics, Euler Hermes
    • Emre Hatem, Director, Project Finance and Sustainability, Garanti Bank



    Parallel Sessions 1

    Transportation – Logistics

    • Opportunities and challenges arising from BRI for Logistics
    • Smart logistics, new technologies, efficient services
    • Development and current situation of rail, land, maritime and airline transport
    • Custom harmonization among BRI countries

    Keynote: Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Turkey (tbc)                   

    Moderator: (tbd)

    • Henry des Longchamps, Principal of CPCS Transcom Limited
    • Taner Horoz, CEO, Horoz Lojistik
    • Zhang Jianwei, Vice Chairman, SINOTRANS & CSC Holdings Co. Ltd
    • Matej Zakonjšek, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

    Smart Cities  

    • Opportunities and challenges arising from BRI for the Future Cities
    • Environmental Technologies & Sustainability
    • New and Renewable Energies
    • Urban Development

    Keynote: Murat Kurum, Minister of Environment and Urbanization, Turkey (tbc)

    Moderator: Laszlo Pinter, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Department, Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University (CEU);
    Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

    • Leonardo Cerciello, Vice President Sales for Asia, Africa & Middle East, Telecom Italia Sparkle
    • Berrin Benli, Founder,Novusens
    • Xuan Ruiguo, Executive Director, Chairman and CEO, China Automation Group Limited
    • Marcus Ross Manning, Commercial and Compliance Team Lead, Future Cities Catapult
    • Tomás Casado, Manager Smart Cities, IDOM (tbc)

    Coffee Break


    Xiong Meng

    Executive Vice Chairman & Secretary General

    Korhan Kurdoğlu

    Ata Holding

    Erol Bilecik


    Suma Chakrabarti

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    Cedric Neike

    Member of the Managing Board
    Siemens AG

    Xiangyang GAO

    Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICBC Turkey
    ICBC Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş.

    Mukhtar Hussain

    Group General Manager
    Head of Belt & Road Initiative, Asia Pacific, HSBC

    Murat Kolbaşı



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