The annual "Overseas Contracting Services Award Ceremony" was held on February 22, 2017 at Ankara Sheraton Hotel by the Turkish Contractors Association. Turkey's services export champions were granted their awards at a widely-attended ceremony, also participated by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President, H.E. Nihat Zeybekçi, the Minister of Economy, H.E. Mithat Yenigün, the President of TMB (Turkish Contractors Association), many ambassadors stationed in Ankara and many senior company managers.
In the award ceremony, the President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan handed out the awards for "Çalık Enerji San. ve Tic. A.Ş" and "GAP İnşaat Yatırım ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş" to Mr. Ahmet Çalık, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Çalık Holding.
In the organization, which was held to present awards to the representatives of companies that made the list of the world's top 250 contracting companies, Turkey's long-standing second place at this list was highlighted. In the ceremony, which was organized by the Turkish Contractors Association under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, the President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented the certificates of achievement to all contractors that made the list.
The President of the Turkish Contractors Association said "It is a source of pride for our sector that 40 companies, almost all of which are TMB members, made an indelible impression by making the ENR list and we have been the world's second best in terms of number of companies for 9 years in a row."
Nihat Zeybekçi, the Minister of Economy, stated "If our contractors purchase the material that they will use in their tenders and projects overseas from Turkey, Eximbank will finance them regarding these materials with zero-interest loans."
Underlining that Turkish contractors have been succeeding and will continue to succeed across the world, President Erdoğan said "We will achieve a lot more together in order to
reach our 2023 goals. Turkey has grown 3 times in the last 14 years. By showing the same success in the upcoming period, we will place ourselves among the 10 most robust economies of the world. We believe in and trust our country, our businessmen, and our contractors."
After the ceremony, the Turkish Contractors Association gave a lunch in the guests' honor.