MISSION

THE TRADE CONNECTION * PORTUGUESE TURKISH NETWORK , has, as main goal , the intention of giving expression to the, Cultural & Economic Trade, between our two nations. We give to the concept of Cultural Diplomacy, the specific use of the cultural relationship for the achievement of nature objectives not only cultural, but also political, commercial or economic.
The Cultural relationship allows the establishment of an atmosphere conducive to understanding, facilitating, by indirect means, to achieve business objectives, economic and cultural, that its members are proposed.
Cultural diplomacy is an instrument approaching important among peoples, contributing to unlock markets for the cultural industry and the establishment of cultural and linguistic ties.
It is also a tool to stimulate the political and economic dialogues, as it fosters mutual understanding and creates trust, interest and respect among nations.
We believe that Portugal and Turkey have in common a geostrategic position of great importance in the global context and which may be of great importance in the near future and for the relationship of the two nations, Peace and Humanity.
We want to be a strategic partner in achiving common objectives between our 2 countries, fostering international trade relations.
It’s impossible to understand the relationship of our 2 countries without facing the economic factors that influence international politic.
The Trade Connection intend to add to this factors the Culture Diplomacy factor to give sustainability to all the process.
Portugal was throughout his long history always from the size of his dreams and never the small size of his physical frontiers.
Tourism, interchange of cultures, international trade, confraternization: with the aim of preparing the fruitful dialogue between our 2 nations.
The path is made by walking and therefore our first step will be planning in the shortest time possible, a Business and Cultural mission to Turkey and carry out 2 dinners an Institutional and other Social because we believe that the best way to do business in Turkey is to know the people.
Our directors and executive committee members will be encouraged to go at least one time per year to Turkey and so, gentlemen, be prepared for the traditional Turkish hospitality: to drink tea, a lot of Tea !!!!
The Turks are masters in the art of negotiating, they negotiate hard, but they like to look us in the eyes and prefer to negotiate with people they made connections.
Like us, the Turks families are the pillars of society.
Like us hospitality is an honored tradition in Turkey.
This is much more than a simple Tradition is the outside of the soul.
To negotiate with Turkish businessmen we must take into account that personal relationships are very important.
Portugal and Turkey are exactly the extremes of Europe.
Let’s build THE BRIDGE !

NEWS

We are preparing a business mission to Turkey with unique contours. In addition to Business Men and Women, there will be countless Portuguese public figures, leaders in their activity, that within the concept of Cultural diplomacy, which created The Trade Connection, will help strengthen the Entrepreneurial and Cultural ties between

TURKEY

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti, is a transcontinental parliamentary republicin Eurasia, mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republicwith a diverse cultural heritage.

Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Greece to the west; Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syriato the south. The Aegean Sea is to the west, the Black Sea to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles, which together form the Turkish Straits, divide Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location between Europe and Asia has retained its geopolitical and strategic importance throughout history. Turkey has been inhabited since the Paleolithic by various ancient Anatolian civilizations, as well as Assyrians, Greeks, Thracians, Phrygians, Urartians and Armenians. After Alexander the Great's conquest, the area was Hellenized, a process which continued under the Roman Empireand its transition into the Byzantine Empire. The Seljuk Turks began migrating into the area in the 11th century, starting the process of Turkification, which was accelerated by the Seljuk victory over the Byzantines at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, when it disintegrated into small Turkish beyliks.

In the mid-14th century the Ottomans started uniting Anatolia and created an empire encompassing much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, becoming a major power in Eurasia and Africa during the early modern period. The empire reached the peak of its power in the 16th century, especially during the reign (1520–1566) of Suleiman the Magnificent. The empire remained powerful and influential for two more centuries, until important setbacks such as the Great Turkish War (1683–99) and the Russo-Turkish War (1768–74) forced it to cede strategic territories in Europe, signalling the loss of its former military strength and wealth. The Tanzimat reforms of the 19th century, which aimed to modernize the Ottoman state, proved to be inadequate in most fields, and failed to stop the dissolution of the empire. Suspended by Sultan Abdülhamid II in 1878, the Ottoman constitution and parliament were restored with the Young Turk Revolution on 24 July 1908. Taking advantage of the chaos, Bulgariaformally declared its independence on 5 October 1908, and Austria-Hungary formally annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina on 6 October 1908.

The Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922), initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues in Anatolia against the occupying Allies, resulted in the abolition of monarchy in 1922 and the establishment of the modern Republic of Turkey in 1923, with Atatürk as its first president.

Turkey's official language is Turkish, a Turkic language spoken natively by 84.5% of the population. According to polls, between 78.1% and 81.3% of the country's citizens identify themselves as ethnic Turks. Other ethnic groups include legally recognized (Armenians, Greeks, Jews) and unrecognized (Kurds, Circassians, Arabs, Albanians, Bosniaks, Georgians, etc.) minorities. Kurds are the largest ethnic minority group, making up approximately 13.4% to 18% or up to 25% of the population, based on polls and estimates. The vast majority of the population is nominally Sunni Muslim, with Alevis making up the largest religious minority. Turkey is a charter member of the UN, an early member of NATO, and a founding member of the OECD, OSCE, OIC and G-20. After becoming one of the first members of the Council of Europe in 1949, Turkey became an associate member of the EEC in 1963, applied for full EEC membership in 1987, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995 and started accession negotiations with the European Union in 2005. Turkey's growing economy and diplomatic initiatives have led to its recognition as a regional power.

BILATERAL TRADE BETWEEN PORTUGAL AND TURKEY

According to National Statistics Institute of Portugal.

BILATERAL TRADE STATISTICS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CONSELHO ESTRATÉGICO / STRATEGIC COUNCIL

Presidente/ President
Tomaz Metello

Vice Presidentes/ Vice Presidents
Sergio Abrantes Mendes
Tiago Rapaz

CONSELHEIROS DO CONSELHO ESTRATÉGICO / ADVISER’S TO THE STRATEGIC COUNCIL
Artur Lami cv
Nuno Gama cv
Mário Patinha Antão
Ann Taylor cv

COMISSÃO EXECUTIVA / EXECUTIVE COMMISSION

CEO Chief Executive Officer João Pestana Dias cv

GABINETE DA PRESIDENCIA / PRESIDENT’s OFFICE

Director para os assuntos Artísticos - Fernando Pereira
Director para os assuntos Jurídicos - Pedro Melo cv
Director para os assuntos Fiscais - Paulo Fernandes cv
Director para os assuntos Económicos – Marco Silva cv
Director para os assuntos Comerciais - Rui Rocha cv
Director para os assuntos Diplomáticos – Pascal Ballayer cv
Director para os assuntos Culturais - Julio Quaresma cv
Director para os assuntos de Segurança e Defesa - Felipe Pathé Duarte cv

COO ( vice presidente ) Chief Operating Officer Abilio Silva cv
CBDO Chief Business Development Officer André Cardoso cv
CFO Chief Financial Officer Paulo Loureiro
CMO Chief Marketing Officer João Luis Moita cv
CCO Chief Communication Officer José Diogo cv
CTO Chief Technological Officer Armando Custódio cv

MESA DA ASSEMBLEIA GERAL / GENERAL MEETING OF THE BOARD

Presidente/ President
Dr. Paulo Cardoso cv
Vice Presidente/ Vice President
Pedro Gaspar

Secretário/ Secretary
Cleon Santos

CONSELHO FISCAL / SUPERVISORY BOARD

Presidente/ President
Dr. João Luis Traça cv
Vice Presidente/ Vice President
Nuno Moreira