18 Mart 2012 Pazar

Professionals disagree with Moody’s decision

Gökhan Kurtaran-Bursa-Hürriyet Daily News

Finance professionals have reacted negatively to a decision by international rating agency Moody’s to review the credit ratings of leading Turkish lenders whose standalone credit assessments are currently above the country’s sovereign debt rating, calling the move “unusual” and “unfair.”
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Turkey cools growth down


The Turkish government has targeted a 4 percent growth rather than 8 percent for 2012, to remain cautious in the face of global economic uncertainty, says Deputy Prime Mininster Babacan at the Uludağ Summit.

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15 Mart 2012 Perşembe

Turkish lending scheme example for Arab Spring

Gökhan Kurtaran-Istanbul-Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s small and medium enterprise banking can be a model for post-Arab Spring countries, says a director at International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC declares Türk Ekonomi Bankası as a model in the global market.

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13 Mart 2012 Salı

French investments flow to Turkey

Gökhan Kurtaran-Istanbul- Hürriyet Daily News

Aeroports de Paris, a French airport operator, and Inframinervous, an Italian-French joint venture, have increased their stakes in Turkey despite political tensions between Turkey and France. This shows that short term upheavals will not have long-term consequences, says Yılmaz Argüden, a board member of Turkish-French Business council.
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12 Mart 2012 Pazartesi

Global leaders look up to Turkish strategist

Gökhan Kurtaran -Istanbul- Hürriyet Daily News
In his new book ‘Key to Governance,’ strategist Yılmaz Argüden sheds important insights on how to improve global institutions like the United Nations or the European Union to become more effective global players

8 Mart 2012 Perşembe

Istanbul mayor speaks of big sell off

Gökhan Kurtaran-Istanbul - Hürriyet Daily News
Istanbul Municipality will found an assets firm, which will run its assets with an annual rent revenue of nearly $6 billion, before a public offering this year. Istanbul’s gas grid and car park firm are also on mayor’s IPO list.

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5 Mart 2012 Pazartesi

Sanctions on Iran and Syria not effective, chamber says

Gökhan Kurtaran-Istanbul-Hürriyet Daily News
The sanctions Western countries have imposed on Iran and Syria are not the right approach for boosting regional cooperation, because they polarize the people of these countries, according to business representatives from Iran who participated in the International Chamber of Commerce G-20 meeting in Istanbul yesterday.
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