What is ABIGEM?
The pioneering of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in cooperation with the related Chambers of Trade and/or Industry has established EU Turkish Business Centres (ABIGEM) in Gaziantep, Kocaeli and İzmir with the European Union (EU) funds in 2002.
The first three previously established ABIGEMs continue their activities as joint-stock corporations after the completion of the first project. TOBB, Chambers and a number of local stakeholders are among the shareholders of these corporations.
Taking into account the success of the previously established ABIGEMs as a profitable and sustainable investment, “Expansion of the European Turkish Business Centres Network Project” started on May 2008 and expanded the ABİGEM network to 15 by establishing a further 12 Business Centres throughout Turkey with European Union funds. These new ABIGEMs are located in Adana, Afyon, Çorum, Denizli, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya, Tekirdağ, Trabzon and Uşak. The total EU financial investment in the network is reaching 50 million euros.
ABIGEMs provide professional trainings and consultancy services in order to help SMEs to improve their competitiveness within the national and international markets and increase SMEs’ contribution to the local and national economy. ABIGEM services such as training, consultancy services and sectoral projects design according to regions’ properties and needs of SMEs in the region. Moreover, ABIGEMs contribute to develop qualified local consultants and to create a pool of experts in Turkey.
Each ABIGEM team is composed of a Business Center Director and a minimum of 3 Business Service Managers.
All ABIGEM team has remarkable professional experience in SME-related issues and private sector.