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9th INSME Annual Meeting - 2013

Governor of İzmir M. Cahit Kiraç's Welcome Address

Cahit KiracIt is a great pleasure for me to welcome all the distinguished participants to İzmir at 9th Annual Meeting of the International Network for SMEs (INSME) to our city on 21-24 May 2013.

Hosting this exclusive conference is expressive for İzmir which has been the outstanding historical centre for mercantile, art and culture as one of the oldest settlements of the Mediterranean basin for much of its history. In this enchanting atmosphere, during the conference we will harmonize our experiences, cultures and knowledge in order to bring out sustainable relations between us.

Being a metropolitan city with multicultural aspects, İzmir is the third largest city and the second largest industrialized city in Turkey and hosts a young and dynamic population with highly developed education level and vocational skills of 4 Million inhabitants. İzmir ranked 4th ;in 2011 and 1st in 2009-2010 fastest-growing metropolitan out of 200 largest metropolitan areas in the world according to Brookings Institute, Global MetroMonitor, 2011. Furthermore, İzmir is a strong candidate to host EXPO 2020.

There are 9 universities in İzmir offering a wide range of academic and technological studies almost in any field. These universities also offer R&D and innovation services for public and private institutions. They take part in regional innovation and investment projects. İzmir is one of the pioneer cities in Turkey for regional innovation policy development and practices. Also perspective and practices of İzmir in innovation and competitiveness issues presents an interesting case to discover and study.

The 9th INSME Annual Meeting with the heading of “The Governance of Innovation: Building an Innovative Eco-System for SME’s” is a unique opportunity that gathers many experts of the academia, industry and government bureaus and other pioneers from around the world. Also this meeting will be a chance to learn and share future visions of SMEs and activate business exchanges.

As the Governor of the İzmir, that I am honoured to serve, I have no doubt that INSME Annual Meeting will be a very fruitful event. I would sincerely like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this conference and to thank INSME Organization for giving us this great chance to be your host.

M. Cahit KIRAÇ
Governor of İzmir