Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister expresses full support for Engage and Transform


Ankara, Turkey, February 2018 – Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mehmet Simsek, has expressed full support for the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) initiatives of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group. 

The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister who is also the IsDB Governor for the Republic of Turkey, made the remarks during his key note speech at a ceremony in Ankara on 12th January, 2018, to promote IsDB Group’s US $500 million fund: TRANSFORM.

“The Turkish Government will do whatever is necessary to ensure the initiative’s success,” asserted H.E. Mehmet Simsek in his speech adding: “We want IsDB to succeed as its (development) targets are in line with our own”. Referring to the IsDB Group’s US $500 million STI fund and its online platform: ENGAGE, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister stated: “There is great advancement in Africa and Asia. We will concentrate on emerging countries both as a market and for collaboration, so today’s event is important to us.” 


Prior to the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech, Dr. Hayat Sindi, Advisor to IsDB President on STI delivered a key note address elaborating on IsDB’s ENGAGE online platform and US $500 million STI Fund, TRANSFORM, which aims to contribute to changing lives via relying on the power of science, technology and innovation. “We are looking for participation and innovative solutions that contribute to achieving 6 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our 57 member countries namely: “food security”, “clean water & sanitation”, “quality education”, “good health and well-being”, “affordable and clean energy”, as well as “industry, innovation and infrastructure,” she underlined. 

In his welcome note, Mr. Saleh Jelassi, Director, IsDB Group Regional Hub Turkey, stated that in overcoming the development challenges through ENGAGE Online platform and TRANSFORM Fund, “Turkey distinguishes itself amongst the 57 IsDB Member Countries as a leader in Science, Technology and Innovation bearing in mind its share of highest number of researchers, highest portion of GDP spent on R&D, and highest number of scientific publications.”  Furthermore, Mr. Saleh Jelassi expressed appreciation to TUBITAK (the Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey), BTK (Turkey’s Information and Communications Technology’s Authority), SESRIC (the Statistical, Economic & Social Research and Training arm of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation - OIC) as well as ITU (the Istanbul Technical University) for their hospitality and support in organizing the several workshops and panel discussions during the IsDB Group’s STI Roadshow in Turkey.   

During her three day tour of Turkey, Dr. Hayat Sindi met, in Ankara and Istanbul, with scholars, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, innovators and investors whom she invited onboard to engage with the ENGAGE online platform and contribute to the mandate of the IsDB STI Fund, TRANSFORM. The IsDB Group President’s Senior STI Advisor, also held bilateral meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, H.E. Mehmet Simsek; Turkey’s Minister of Family and Social Policies, H.E. Dr. Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya; IsDB Executive Director and Under-Secretary of Turkish Treasury, H.E. Osman Celik; TUBITAK President, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Arif Ergin; UNDP Resident Representative, Irena Vojackova; and President and Chairman of the Management Board of Turkish Patent and Trade-Mark Office, Prof. Dr. Habip ASAN. 

More information is accessible at: www.isdb-engage.org

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