ILO Organises Sustainability and Decent Work Seminars for Syrian Enterprises

The International Labour Organization (ILO) organises informative seminars for Syrian business owners and entrepreneurs on such matters as Turkish business culture, formality, taxation system, decent work and KOSGEB subsidies. Seminars aim to help Syrian business owners and entrepreneurs under temporary protection adapt to Turkish business culture, and support them in creating more and better jobs through starting formal businesses.

News | 26 February 2020
ANKARA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) organises “Sustainability and Decent Work” seminars for Syrian business owners and entrepreneurs.

In the context of Opportunities for Lives Project being implemented for two years under the Refugee Response Programme, ILO organises informative seminars for Syrian business owners and entrepreneurs on such matters as Turkish business culture, formality, taxation system, decent work and KOSGEB subsidies. The series of seminars aim to help Syrian business owners and entrepreneurs under temporary protection adapt to Turkish business culture, and support them in creating more and better jobs through starting formal businesses.

Delivered earlier in Adana, Istanbul, Bursa, Mersin, Konya, Şanlıurfa and Hatay, the eight session of the series was organised in Gaziantep. The seminars cover such issues as “An overview of business community in Turkey,” “How Syrian enterprises can succeed in Turkey,” “KOSGEB subsidies for small- and medium-sized enterprises,” and “Financial rules applicable to small- and medium-sized enterprises,” and participants’ questions are answered in detail.

Noting that the seminars arose out of certain needs, Mr. Emre Dönmez, ILO National Officer for Enterprise Development, said: “We have decided to implement the series of seminars once it was understood that Syrian business people and entrepreneurs, though doing business in Turkey for years, still lacked adequate knowledge of such fundamental matters as formal startup of business, legal procedures, taxation and basic finances, formal employment and Turkish business culture. We have to date held seminars in eight provinces, and been much happy for the interest shown and that many participants have indicated that they have come to learn such matters for the first time and asked for more.”

Stating that there were people, among the Syrians under temporary protection, who had high potential of creating decent work opportunities both for local communities and migrants by starting up own businesses or growing the existing ones, Mr. Dönmez stressed that reliable sources of information were what such high-potential people needed most. Mr. Dönmez added: “As the language barrier still represents a significant obstacle to accessing reliable information, our seminars that are being delivered by subject-matter expert in simultaneous Arabic interpretation respond to significant needs.”

The “Opportunities for Lives Project” implemented jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Directorate-General for International Labour Force (DG-ILF) of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services (MoFLSS), and funded by the European Union, aims to economically and socially strengthen Syrians under temporary protection and Turkish citizens.