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The ETCF project is based on the experience and success of the Turkish Chamber Development Programme (TCDP), implemented in two phases by EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB from 2001 to 2005.

TCDP was initially launched in 2001 and implemented successfully by TOBB and EUROCHAMBRES for a one year term. It was renewed and implemented for a second term in 2004-2005.

Through the establishment of sustainable partnerships between selected Chambers both from Turkey and the EU, the programme aimed at strengthening the role of Turkish Chambers in their activities to enhance:

  1. The internationalization of enterprises
  2. Their role as key players in local development

In the first phase of the programme (until January 2003), 10 partnerships between EU and Turkish Chambers have been successfully implemented. In the second phase, 6 old partnerships were extended by introducing additional Turkish Chambers and 5 new partnerships were established.

Technical assistance has been provided to allow these partnerships to develop and implement joint projects, with the emphasis mainly on introducing new as well as innovative services within the Turkish Chambers. Within a period of up to 14 months, effective steps have been taken, ensuring a tangible improvement of the Chambers’ performances vis-a-vis their membership and local institutions. Moreover, TCDP projects have highlighted the crucial role that Chambers can and should play in the overall process of preparing the business communities for the international market and enhancing their competitiveness.

Taken into consideration the current size of the Turkish chamber network with 365 local Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Maritime and Commodity Exchanges and the strengthening ties between Turkey and the EU there is a clear potential for a large number of new Chamber partnerships.

Partnership grant scheme
Partnership grant scheme
EU expert data base
EU expert data base
  ETCF is funded by the European Union