High-Tech Port by MÜSİAD – Turkey’s Most Effective Concept Market Development Project

An interview with General Manager, High-Tech Port by MÜSİAD, Mr.Hakan Kurt; discussing the success, purpose and future vision of these international fairs, spreading awareness and promoting the Turkish Defense and Aerospace Industry.

Issue 67 - April 2016

Defence Turkey: Dear Mr. Hakan Kurt, first of all I would like to thank you for this interview.  In 2015, as High Tech Port by MÜSİAD, you organized your first foreign event in Qatar with the participation of 67 companies, associations and over 1000 senior executives. With this event, our companies seized the opportunity to introduce and display their products and capabilities to Qatari military and defense officials once again. Within this context, what are your comments on this event? What kind of a strategy did you identify for the upcoming period adding the feedback from this first international event?

Initially, I would like to evaluate the issue from this perspective: You need to have certain important   competencies in order to organize a fair abroad. High-Tech Port by MÜSİAD fairs are the only events held abroad and organized by another country considering the defense industry and they are unique in the world in this aspect. Therefore, we are organizing an unusual event. With High-Tech Port by MÜSİAD, we aim to enable the Turkish Defense and Aerospace Industry to reach new markets so that it would increase its activities in these markets. We have been successfully accomplishing this event for three years. In the upcoming period, by increasing awareness, in this way we are aiming to extend our event and hold it annually. This efficient business platform we create with the participation of the decision makers and delegations of the countries within our export focus will be held this year in Istanbul. Ministers and top officials will be attending the event in Istanbul; therefore, we aim to render the process more efficient by increasing the number of participating delegations with this strength and support.