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Abstract Background

Our History

The World is experiencing the beginning of a new period which is being reshaped by new dynamics of economy and developing markets. The changing balances that sprung from our geography, especially in our region, brought the need and the search for alternative roadmaps.

While Turkey has been the only country that can fully execute the economy and trade diplomacy in the region, we as the pioneers of our country in economics, politics and diplomacy that accomplished crucial achievements in the foretold areas, decided to form the International Cooperation Platform (ICP). By bringing together the regional investors, entrepreneurs, and politicians we aimed to contribute to the development of Turkey’s regional economy and trade diplomacy.

The first of the Bosphorus Summits convened on 3-5 December 2010 with the main theme of “Future of International Relations and Regional Cooperation Opportunities” with an attendance of 963 participants from seventeen countries. The event which brought together the region’s major political and economic representatives, created awareness, and contributed to the commercial success of the conversion of potential collaborations.

The Second Bosphorus Summit convened on 23-25 November 2011 with the main topic of “New Partnerships and Trust Based Relationships with Neighbors” with the attendance of over 1400 participants from thirty-six countries. One of the significant results of the summit was the strengthening relationship between Turkey and Jordan. This was to a large extent accomplished through the encouragement of Jordan’s Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, Mr.Yahya Musa Kisbi. The local and international media covered extensively the event with interviews and news.

On 13-15 December 2012, The Third Bosphorus Summit was held with the main theme of “Restructuring the Global Order and The Potential of Eurasia” with the participation of over 1600 attendees from over forty countries. The opening speech was delivered by the President of the Republic of Türkiye H.E. Abdullah Gül, and the summit was hosted by The Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM). The agreement of the 80 billion USD Elbus Project with the Russian Federation was first signed in the margins of The Third Bosphorus Summit. One of our panelists, women rights activist Shad Begum from Pakistan had the opportunity to present her Micro Financing Project to Al Baraka’s Turkey representatives. One of our sponsors “Artoc” signed many preliminary protocols with other companies throughout the three-day summit. Unbuso, another sponsor, had the chance to promote their product “Inreal Technology 3D” while attracting the participants attention towards increased sales.

ICP’s Fourth Bosphorus Summit convened on 20-22 November 2013. The leitmotif of the summit sponsored by the TİM was “Middle East and North Africa in Global Sustainable Competitiveness”. Nearly 1700 participants attended the summit from fifty-one countries. The Platform served as a rallying point for the leaders of today and tomorrow to tackle the current economic and social issues. Leading statesmen, entrepreneurs, businesspeople and opinion makers came together to discuss current challenges, potential solutions and future opportunities, with a special focus on our region. A total of 370 million USD agreements on Health Tourism, Construction & Agriculture were signed among the companies from Turkey, China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Algeria.

The Fifth Bosphorus Summit convened on 10-12 December 2014 at Four Seasons Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul with the main theme of “Changing Scenarios of Tomorrow: Capturing Complexities and Cultivating Dialogues”. The Summit with over 100 speakers from seventy countries, and 1992 participants successfully concluded. Kuwait was chosen as a focus country along with the Kuwait Culture Night providing opportunities for mutual investment between Turkey and Kuwait. Business representatives from United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, and members of the Turkish private sectors signed a preliminary agreement for 560 million USD as a result of a three-day business meeting.

The Sixth Bosphorus Summit convened at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul on 9 -11 December 2015 with the main topic of “Eradicating Poverty and Growing Prosperity at the Grassroots Level”. Qatar was the focus country of the summit. The summit attracted a lot of international attention with 130 speakers from eighty countries, and almost 2000 participants. Prominent institutions such as UNDP, World Bank, Oxford University (OXGAPS), and International Energy Agency co-organized panels during the Sixth Bosphorus Summit in close coordination with ICP.

The Seventh Bosphorus Summit convened at Four Seasons Bosphorus Hotel İstanbul on 29 November to 1 December 2016 with the Opening Dinner on 28 November 2016 with the leitmotif “Global Goals: Global Future”. Around 2200 attendees from ninety countries attended the Seventh Bosphorus Summit. The opening speech was delivered by the President of the Republic of Türkiye H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Eighth Bosphorus Summit convened in Istanbul on 27-30 November 2017 with the participation of 2400 attendees from seventy-two countries under the topic of “The Design of Future: The New Challenge of Globalization”.

The Ninth Bosphorus Summit convened at Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul on 25-28 November 2018 with the participation of 196 speakers from 81 countries, and around 2000 attendees. The Summit’s leitmotif was “Sustaining Peace and Development for All”.

The Tenth Bosphorus Summit convened on 27-29 November 2019 at Çırağan Palace-Kempinski Hotel with the participation of 2600 people, and representatives from eighty-seven countries. The theme of the summit was "Towards a New World Order" with the subtheme of "Human Oriented Development: Technology, Ethics, and Governance".

The Eleventh Bosphorus Summit had to convene in a hybrid format because of Covid Pandemic on 8-9 March 2021 at Conrad Bosphorus Hotel İstanbul with the participation of 5300 persons, including 335 actual presences, from 43 countries under the leitmotif of “Living in an Age of Uncertainty”.

The Twelfth Bosphorus Summit was held in İstanbul on 6-7 December 2021 with the theme “Meeting the Challenges for A Better World”. The Summit accommodated 675 in-person, and over 10.000 online participants from forty-nine countries.