A High-Level Closed-Door Roundtable Event on Sustainable Trade between Turkey and the UK

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On Monday 26th September from 09:00-10:00, the Circle Foundation hosted a high-level closed-door roundtable at Labour Party Conference to discuss sustainable trade between Turkey and the UK. The panel brought together politicians and key experts from academia, civil society, think tanks, trade unions and industry in both Turkey and the UK to provide their views and experience on the current state of sustainable trade between the two nations.


Participants also discussed what can be done to strengthen this increasingly important area of trade. For instance, the Free Trade Agreement between the UK and Turkey, which entered into force on 1 January 2021, has already had a positive impact, with bilateral trade increasing 15% in 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However, trade between the UK and Turkey can be even more successful, especially in relation to sustainable trade, with the UK projecting the global market for low-carbon exports to be worth almost £2 trillion by 2030. Similarly, the UK have announced that by 2050, over 1.2 million people could be directly employed in low carbon goods and services sectors, representing a six-fold increase from the current figure.


Roundtable Keynote Speakers:

  • Lord Iain McNicol
  • Siobhain McDonagh MP,
  • Chris Gaunt OBE, Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Turkey
  • Dr Ozge Zihnioglu, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Ahmet Erdi Ozturk, London Metropolitan University

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