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Ankara Forum


'Ankara Forum for Economic Cooperation between Palestine Israel and Turkey', an activity devoted to the development of regional economic relations, brings together  Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and Israel Chamber of Manufacturers. The Forum aims to develop a permanent tripartite dialogue mechanism between delegations of businesspeople from Turkey, Palestine and Israel. Ankara Forum is the first civil society initiative the absence of which has been felt on the road towards peace building.

The Forum efforts to be not only a channel enabling dialogue between the three societies but also a real platform that founds the ground for producing action plans and information exchange on concrete issues.

With the help of three meetings held over the period between April 2005 and September 2005, the network of businesspeople formed in the context of Ankara Forum achieved the capacity to develop local solutions to general problems. Mutual confidence started to be built via small but practical steps.

Until today, two working groups have been set within the scope of Ankara Forum. One of the working groups searches for cooperation opportunities for developing tourism in Gaza in the context of the retraction of Israel from Gaza. The second working group works for the Revitalization of Erez Industrial Zone.