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TÜSİAD: We must strengthen the mechanisms to keep young people in our country

At the meeting, TÜSİAD Board Member Serkan Sevim stated that with the development to be achieved in human development, science-technology and political institutions and rules, per capita income in Turkey could triple. Sevim said, “We must strengthen the mechanisms that will enable us to keep our young and dynamic population in our country.”

An information meeting was held on the projects and works carried out by the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD) in the field of digital transformation. The meeting was hosted online by Serkan Sevim, TÜSİAD Board Member and Head of the Digital Turkey Roundtable. Speaking at the meeting, Sevim said, “We must strengthen the mechanisms that will enable us to keep our young and dynamic population in our country.”

Emphasizing the importance of qualified human resources equipped with digital skills and competencies, Serkan Sevim said, “With the rapid rise of new generation technologies, there is a radical transformation process in the professions of the future, as in the way of doing business, so the skills and competencies we need are transformed simultaneously. The presence of qualified human resources equipped with digital skills and competencies is a driving force in digital transformation. In other words, the raw material of digital is competent people. Within the scope of the EU 2030 Digital Vision Digital Compass targets, the number of experts working in the field of information and communication technologies, which is currently 7.8 million in Europe, is expected to increase to 20 million. We must strengthen the mechanisms that will enable us to keep our young and dynamic population in our country. However, as the business world, we should provide job opportunities to our young people who are studying at university while they are still at school, and we should be active in their education.


Drawing attention to the duration of R&D incentives and the arrangement of them to include remote working, Sevim said, “Especially with the widespread use of remote working in the field of information and communication technologies, virtual brain drain has become a more challenging issue for the business world, which has a shortage of digitally competent human resources. As companies that can use today’s remote working opportunity, we must reach our young people in every part of Anatolia. We need to allow them to make mistakes and learn. I can summarize this approach by saying that all Turkey should be a technopark. To put it simply, it is important to disseminate the R&D culture and to implement the R&D incentive 100 percent and indefinitely, including remote working. Only in this way can we train young people suitable for the needs of the business world and give them more hope. Otherwise, it will be extremely difficult for us to close the human resource gap in positions that require competence.”


Saying that digital transformation has become the most important factor triggering global economic growth, as digital competition continues to increase day by day, Sevim said:

“The need for qualified human resources is increasing day by day. It is measured that approximately 20 thousand people participate in the sector as software developers every year in Turkey. The number of candidates sought as a software developer in the IT sector is around 110,000 annually. This number continues to increase with the multiplier effect of the pandemic and remote working conditions. With its young dynamic population and geographical location, Turkey is a central hub. Therefore, it is extremely important for our current and potential employees to gain new competencies.”


Explaining the details and objectives of the report they prepared as the 50th anniversary project of TÜSİAD, Sevim said:

“Today, the most important determinant of well-being is intangible resources. The three essential elements of development in developed countries are human development and competence, science, technology and innovation, political, economic and social institutions and rules. The new understanding presented in this study; It is based on building our future with the development to be provided in human development and competence, science, technology and innovation, and institutions and rules.

According to the econometric analysis covering 105 countries; If we take the necessary steps to raise our position in these three factors to the OECD average, we will be able to increase our per capita national income to 30 thousand dollars in 20 years, which is more than three times its current level in dollars. If the current trend in these areas continues, we will only be able to reach the level of 14 thousand dollars.”


Sevim listed the steps to be taken and her goals as follows:

  • A developed Turkey with economic stability, a predictable investment environment, low inflation and strong macroeconomic balances, creating employment, and a high per capita income with sustainable growth.
  • A respectable Turkey, which acts as a role model with diplomacy and cooperation in the international arena, strengthens its relations with the Western world, especially with EU integration, and adheres to international law and conventions. A fair Turkey that establishes income justice, eliminates regional differences, ensures gender equality, where everyone lives equally and freely without discrimination of language, religion, sect, race, origin, and does not leave any segment of the society behind in the development process.
  • It is an environmentally friendly Turkey that takes care of the balance of the ecosystem, achieves carbon neutral development, and offers a governance system that has internalized green economic transformation to future generations. (DHA)

Source From: Sozcu

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