Hon. Aykut Eken Thanks Izmir Chamber of Commerce

June 18, 2015 | News

Governor Kiraç receives the citation in honour of President Abdullah Gul from Hon. Aykut Eken Director of FICAC.

Governor, Honourable Kiraç, Deputy Undersecretary H.E. Ugur Dogan, Ambassador H.E. Vefahan Ocak, My Colleagues, Our Friends, Our Guests and Pressmen,

I would like to thank you on behalf of the FICAC Board of Directors for your participation to FICAC Gold Star Award Ceremony. This ceremony has been initiated by our President, Honourable Arnold Foote, to present the FICAC Gold Star Award to the President of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mr. Abdullah Gul.

Unfortunately our President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gul is not able to be present today, but our Dear Governor, Honourable Kirac, is representing Him and we would like to thank our Dear Governor. On this occasion I would like to point out that I personally had a great pleasure to work with the Honourable Mayor of Izmir, who did and is doing so much to embellish the beautiful City of Izmir, as well as with the Honourable Ekrem Demirtas for EXPO 2015. Unfortunately we could not get it this time but we learnt a lot and this beautiful Izmir City is definitively worthy of EXPO 2015.

Dear Honourable Demirtas, every time, you are taking quick and suitable decisions. This beautiful luncheon is one of them. I would like to present my appreciations for the luncheon offered to FICAC members and to all Honorary Consuls in Turkey. I also would like to present my appreciations to H.E. Ambassador Ugur Dogan, Deputy Undersecretary to Foreign Affairs of Turkey, and to H.E. Ambassador Vefahan Ocak, Director General of Americas Department, for their support in this occasion. They are always in touch with the Honorary Consuls and providing them with their full support. I also would like to thank the Honourable Turgut Koyuncuoglu, President of the Honorary Consuls in Izmir, wishing him to get better soon.

Dear President Arnold, I would like to thank you for your decision on behalf of FICAC, as well as of the Honorary Consular Corps Turkey and of all the almost 200 Honorary Consuls present in Turkey.

It is my third mandate as Member of the Board of FICAC, but I would to congratulate you for all the positive and fruitful initiatives taken during your Presidency: under your leadership, the number of Members is increasing significantly from East to West and from North to South.

As Honorary Consuls from Turkey, we would like to also present our deep appreciations to organise this prestigious FICAC Gold Star Award Ceremony in the beautiful city of Izmir.

Dear Friends, from my point of view, as FICAC – World Federation of Consuls, we need to help each other and to act to increase the number of our Members to get more influence and to represent actively all our Members.

On behalf of FICAC, I would like to thank all of you again for being here and I wish you a very pleasant week-end.