AFD in the Turkish press

23/02/2017 - « We all display selfish pragmatism on gender equality in Turkey »

gender_equality

Article by Barçin YİNANÇ in "Daily News" (in English)

21/02/2017 - AFD and TSKB launch first project on women's employment and working conditions in Turkey

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29/12/2016 - Support for women's employment and improvement of occupational health and safety conditions

100 million EUR loan to TSKB for supporting the women employment

TSKB has obtained 100 million EUR loan from the French Development Agency for the purpose of
financing occupational health and safety investments as well as the investments of the companies which support gender equality and women employment in Turkey.
 

27/04/2016 - Environmental performance in the industrial sector: AFD and Halkbank launch a new SUNREF project

On April 27th AFD has organized a seminar in Istanbul dedicated to AFD’s SUNREF label and aiming at identifying market opportunities in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental performance in the Turkish industry. On this occasion, AFD and Halkbank have launched a new SUNREF project.

 

18/03/2016 - Two days of seminars and round tables on women's work and child care

Two days of seminars and round tables on women's work and child care

On February 15 and 16, the French Agency for Development organized at the Palais de France two days of seminars and round tables on women's work and one of its main determinants : child care. These meetings helped to identify needs and propose solutions on the theme of Women’s access to and retention in decent work in Turkey . The conclusions of Turkish and French experts should be provided to public authorities.

30/11/2015 - Marmara Life : Interview with Bertrand Willocquet, Director of AFD Turkey

Interview of the Director of the Agency  and urban development team with "Marmara Life" the Magazine of the Union of Municipalities of Marmara - December 2015 (translate in English)

30/11/2015 - 60 SOLUTIONS against climate change : An exhibition that looks at the world of solutions

On November 25th 2015, at Çankaya Belediyesi, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Çankaya Municipality and Institut Français Ankara will launch the circulating photo exhibition “60 SOLUTIONS against climate change”, based on 21 photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (GoodPlanet Foundation). The exhibition will be displayed in Çankaya Belediyesi Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi Abidin Dino Sergi Salonu until December 5th.
 

While France is gearing up to host the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in December 2015, AFD and the GoodPlanet Foundation are using images to highlight innovative and effective solutions combining the fight against climate change and economic development in AFD’s 71 agencies worldwide.


The exhibition comprises 21 photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand from his famous “Earth from Above” series and presents concrete initiatives in four sectors: cities, agriculture, energy transition and climate change adaptation.

28/10/2015 - Article on "Build on French model to promote women's employment"

promote women's employment

Article in Turkish

 

   

 

20/11/2015 - A photo exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the French Development Agency in Turkey

On the occasion of its 10 years of presence in Turkey, the French Development Agency (AFD) inaugurated a photo exhibition by Mathias Depardon on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the French Institute of Istanbul. These photographs illustrate the projects financed over this decade to promote a green and inclusive growth and strengthen the French-Turkish partnership on climate and environmental issues.

03/07/2015 - Frenc-Turkish workshop on childcare

Frenc-Turkish workshop on childcare

In the framework of its exchanges with various Turkish associations working on the themes of Women rights, their role in society and their participation to the economical and political life in Turkey, the French Consulate organized, in collaboration with the French Agency of Development (AFD), a workshop named: ‘The access and maintain of women in the labor market: which role of childcare facilities?”. This workshop has held on 3 July 2015 in the French Palace in Istanbul and brought together more than 50 guests coming from the political area (as Mrs Özlem Zengin, Deputy member of AKP and Mrs Filiz Kerestecioğlu, Deputy member of HDP), from the municipal sector (Disctricts Municipalities of Beylikdüzü, Büyükçekmece and Zeytinburnu) and from the associative and economical organizations.

08/06/2015 - Exchange of experience about sustainable practices in the banking sector

In partnership with the AFD agency in Istanbul, Turkey UN Global Compact has organized a 3-day study trip to Paris for the members of his working group "Banks and Financial Institutions". This group meets regularly to work on CSR issues in the banking sector and sustainable financing. AFD is itself a member of the UNGC network since 2004.

 

24/04/2015 - A conference and workshop on climate issues and the COP21

A conference and workshop on climate issues and the COP21

Istanbul, Sultanahmet campus of the University of Marmara (16-17 April 2015)


As part of the preparation for the COP21, the French Development Agency in Turkey held on 16 April in Istanbul, a conference entitled "How to Reconcile climate and development? ". This conference was followed on April 17 by the workshop "Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey Politics and Global Climate Change". Over 150 participants came to attend the discussions and debates that took place during these two days of the Sultanahmet campus of the University of Marmara. 

  • Articles in the Turkish press (in Turkish): Birgun      Dunya   thelifehaber.com
  • Link to broadcast on TRT Türk on our event: 

 

30/09/2014 - SYMPOSIUM FRANCO-TURKISH - The sustainable city, myth or reality?

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At the occasion of the French-Turkish colloquia about sustainable cities “VIVAPOLIS“ organized by the French Trade agency UBIFRANCE in partnership with the public French Agency for environment and Energy Efficiency (ADEME), the French Agency for Development (AFD), and the Turkish Bank Denizbank on the 23rd of September 2014 in Istanbul, AFD’s country director Bertrand WILLOCQUET held a presentation to describe the role of an international financial institution in supporting sustainable and environment friendly urban development.

Symposium Franco - Turkish on sustainable cities - Istanbul September 23, 2014

11.03.2014 : Interview: Anne Paugam, Director General of AFD Group "We must renew our approach to countries in crisis to improve responsiveness"

Anne Paugam

Interview "Les Echos" with Anne PAUGAM, Director General of AFD Group (in french)

28.02.2014 : Sustainability and the Banking Sector conference

On the 28th of February 2014, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Türk Economi Bankası (TEB) and UNGC Turkiye organized a conference in Istanbul (Grand Hyatt Hotel) on “Sustainability and the banking sector”. AFD and TEB have been working jointly on the promotion of corporate and social responsibility (CSR) principles in Turkey for almost 8 years. This conference offered a great opportunity for these two institutions to share their experience and promote a vision of sustainability in the banking sector by giving the floor to international stakeholders. More than 100 representatives of financial companies attended the conference in the morning and more than 30 participated in the workshop that was organized in the afternoon.

Newspaper "Dunya" 03/03/2014 page 24

16/07/2013 - "AFD: a partner for sustainable development"

Mme. Marie Pierre-Nicollet dans BelediyeDeniz, Directrice régionale Méditerranée et Moyen-Orient à l’Agence française de développement (AFD)

Please see the pages in French and Turkish.

24/06/2013 - Turkish Cities Discover Integrated Solid Waste Managment in France

In the framework of the sustainable urban development program in Turkey, the French Agency for Development (AFD) has organized a study-trip about integrated solid waste managment for a delegation composed of Mayors and various representatives of local authorities in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA) Region from the 24th to the 25th of June together with the training centre in Marseille CEFEB (Centre for financial, economics, banking studies) within the partnership of the Turkish Bank Denizbank. It was an occasion for the mayors and department chiefs of several Turkish municipalities to discover the institutional and the technological organization methods of this sector in France in the PACA Region. Representatives of the Union of Turkish Municipalities (TBB) and the Union of Municipalities of the Marmara Region (MBB) have also been present at the study-trip.
 

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish) : BelediyeDeniz

Link to BelediyeDeniz.com

13/05/2013 - For a more sustainable transportation in Izmir

Aziz Kocaoğlu, Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir, and three financial institutions have signed credit agreements for the financing of the "Sea Transportation Project" in the presence of high level representatives of each lender. This project is part of a broader urban transport program materialized in the city’s transport master plan (2010-2030) which paves the way for a low carbon urban development.

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish) : BelediyeDeniz         Ticaret

                                                (in english) : Hurriyet DailyNews

03/05/2013 - Sustainable Finance Forum

Sustainable finance forum Turkey

Ms Laetitia Dufay, Deputy director of AFD Istanbul, held a speech at the Sustainable Finance Forum organized on the 3rd of May by UN global Compact, UNEP Finance Initiative and the Turkish Business Council for Sustainable Development. Her speech was in the international panel and focused mainly on the introduction to AFD’s work on development of energy efficiency and corporate social responsibility in the framework of the banking sector.

 

Article on internet (in turkish) : Ambassade de France      Aujourdhuilaturquie      OGM       Istanbul OBM

21/01/2013 - AFD Supports Sustainable Transport in Istanbul

AFD Supports Sustainable Transport in Istanbul

On Monday the 21st of January 2013 the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul (MMI) and the French Agency for Development (AFD) have signed a credit agreement for the southern extension of the M2 Metro line project between Taksim and Yenikapi in the presence of the French General Consulate, and of a delegation of the City of Paris. This project is part of a broader rail transport system program including different components: the construction of three new metro stations, a bridge for crossing the Golden Horn, and the electro-mechanical system works which will partially be financed by AFD. This extension of 5.2 km complements the M2 metro line which will increase the total length up to 19.6 km. The cost of the Program is 524 M€ out of which AFD will finance 45 M€ (equivalent to 58 MUSD).

 

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish) : BelediyeDeniz du 04.02.2013 et du 28.02.2013       EBelediye

Article on internet (in turkish) : eBelediye    

Articles on internet (in french) : Consulat de France     Lepetitjournal     Anima     Econostrum TurquieNews

Articles on internet (in english) : Hurriyet Daily News

04.11.2012 - AFD in Turkey : support the country's European and Mediterranean anchoring

Eda Basgul_Project Officer

Text only available in French

 

05.09.2012 - Gaziantep, a pioneer of local climate plan in Turkey

City of Gaziantep

Text only available in French

07/03/2012 : Interview of "BelediyeDeniz" : Energy efficiency and infrastructure for sustainable development

BelediyeDeniz

Energy efficiency and infrastructure for sustainable development will remain our main focus. We will continue to promote a “green growth” agenda through concrete activities with our Turkish partners and therfore contribute to close relationship between France and Turkey.

17.01.2012 - Interview of "Le Petit journal" : AFD – 70 years !

We are sorry ! Only in french and turkish.

27/10/2011 - The French Development Agency (AFD) has signed its first credit facility agreement with the Turkish Treasury

The French Development Agency (AFD) has signed its first credit facility agreement with the Turkish Treasury. This loan of 150 million Euro aims to support the activities of the General directorate of Forestry in the areas of forest management, afforestation and erosion control.

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish) : Dünya Gazetesi    Sabah     Borsa Gundem     Ekoayrıntıcom     Ekonomist     Haberx    

24.10.2011 - AFD and the Regional Environmental Center (REC) organize a Seminar on « Steering sustainable cities »

 Half of the world’s population is now living in cities and the number is rapidly growing. Cities are nowadays responsible for up to 75% of global CO2 emissions. In addition, cities are very vulnerable to severe weather events and these events affect local communities as well as the authority’s assets and capacity to deliver services. Facing this situation, AFD is organizing a Seminar in partnership with the Regional Environmental Center on November the 15th in Istanbul.

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish) : e-belediye     enerjivetesisat.com      Gerçek Gundem      Yeni Safak

Article in french :  Echo des Continents

08.06.2011 - Restitution work-shop about the Climate Change Action Plan for Gaziantep

« The ones who despise their environment will hardly see the future »
Dr. Asim GUZELBEY, Mayor of Gaziantep


The Metroplitan Municipality of Gaziantep, with the support of the French Development Agency (AFD), has organized a restitution work-shop about the the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) study the 8th of June 2011. This particularly innovating study in Turkey was presented to an audience of approximatively 50 people among whom elected representatives, academcians, representatives of various public institutions, and firms, and the UNDP were present. The final result of the study will allow the city to define its priorities to struggle climate change and to build an action and investment plan for a sustainable urban development with the outcome of the discussions during the work-shop.
The study was entrusted to a group composed by the french firm ICE, the turkish office Mavi, and the University of Gaziantep in the context of the partnership signed between Gaziantep and AFD in 2010. By moving to the next step in the implementation of the local climate change action plan, Gaziantep’s ambition is to become a model for other turkish cities and for the region carrying out voluntarist policies in tackling climate change on a local level. Thus Gaziantep will take part in the international panel of cities which will present their experiences on this topic on the occasion of the Seminar about the Sustainable City organized by AFD in Istanbul in November 2011.

 

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish) : Haber 3      Son Dakika        Site Gaziantep   avrupaprojeyonetimi.com

05.04.2011 - PROPARCO and EnerjiSA sign €40m loan agreement

PROPARCO, AFD’s private sector financing arm, has signed a €40m loan agreement with the Turkish power company EnerjiSA to finance the second phase of its investment program.

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish): Dunya Gazetesi     Ekonomi      Haberler.com     Haberturk     Hurriyet     Milliyet

24.03.2011 - Halkbank allocates €100 million to energy efficiency and renewable energy investments

Halkbank has signed a loan protocol with the French Development Agency (AFD) for a €100 million credit line. The credit line, 12-year maturity with a four-year grace period, will be extended to SMEs for financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. In addition to providing loans, Halkbank will offer free technical consultancy services to SMEs with regard to their investments. With the signing of this protocol, the total amount of credit secured by Halkbank from the AFD since 2006 has reached €230 million.

 

Articles in the Turkish press:  Aksam / Bugun / Cumhuriyet / Dunya / Haberturk / Hurriyet / Hurses / Milliyet / Star / Taraf / Yeniçag / Yenisafak  

09.12.2010 - Isbank signed a 50 million euro loan agreement with PROPARCO, the private sector window of the French Development Agency (AFD)

On December 9th 2010, within the framework of bilateral cooperation between France and Turkey, Isbank has signed a loan agreement of € 50 million with PROPARCO. The ceremony was hosted in Paris. Isbank was represented by Mr. A. Aykut Demiray, its Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Yılmaz Ertürk, Division Head, and PROPARCO was represented by Etienne Viard, its Chief Executive Officer.

The loan provided from PROPARCO will enable Isbank to provide long term financings with suitable conditions to support investments of its SME and corporate customers. It will be dedicated mainly to the financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Carbon dioxide emissions reduction achieved will be monitored.

By acting as an intermediary for PROPARCO loans, Isbank will play an important role for stimulating energy efficiency and renewable energy investments of enterprises.


Articles in the Turkish press: Aksam     Dunya     Bayposta      Hurriyet      Isbank     L'Echo de la Turquie-Tusiad

07.10.2010 - Analyze the greenhouse gas emissions caused by development projects

AFD measures the impact of the projects it finances in the framework of its commitments to combat climate change. To achieve this, it has adopted a series of simplified tools to analyze the greenhouse gas emissions caused by development projects. The aim is to allow the managers of projects financed by AFD to analyze their carbon content and consequently get a better understanding of projects by quantifying their greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Article in the Turkish press (in turkish): Gelecegin Enerjisi in turkish

Link to site Gelecegin Enerjisi

23.09.2010 - TEB sign a loan agreement of EUR 50 million with the AFD to support energy efficiency investments by SMEs and low carbon technologies in Turkey

On September 23rd 2010, within the framework of bilateral cooperation between France and Turkey, Türk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB) has signed a loan agreement of € 50 million with the French Development Agency (AFD). The ceremony was hosted at Palais de France in Istanbul by French Ambassador to Turkey S.E. Bernard Emié. TEB was represented by Mr. Varol Civil its Chief Executive Officer and AFD by Ms Aude Flogny-Catisse its Paris head of financial and private sector activities.

The loan provided from AFD will enable TEB to provide long term financings with suitable conditions to support environment-friendly investments of its SME and corporate customers as well as of municipalities and their subsidiaries. The loan amount will be dedicated mainly to the financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments of TEB’s SMEs clients. The agreement also includes specific technical assistance and training program to develop awareness around energy efficiency and renewable energy and to support TEB’s customers in this regard. Carbon dioxide emissions reduction as well as energy saving achieved will be monitored. 

 

Articles in the Turkish press: Hürriyet     Dünya         Vatan       Cumhuriyet       Referans       Posta     Enerji Verimliligi Dergisi

Articles in the French press: Challenges.fr    Latitude France

02.07.2010 - TEB sign a loan agreement of EUR 50 million with the AFD to support energy efficiency investments by SMEs and low carbon technologies in Turkey

As part of the collaboration between the city of Gaziantep and AFD, our two institutions have decided to launch a joint study to build a territorial climate plan (PECT) for this city in south-eastern Turkey. Based on the method ADEME, PECT is an opportunity to support the town in the fight against climate change but also to highlight the French expertise in environmental matters. This project is particularly symbolic as it will be the first action plan for environmental protection carried out in a Turkish city. 

This study was financed by the Municipality of Gaziantep and AFD, a partnership agreement was signed July 2, 2010 by the Mayor Mr. Asim GÜZELBEY and the Director of Istanbul Agency Mr Laurent Duriez . The Mayor has from the beginning of the discussions actively supported this project, which proved crucial to its success.
 

 

Articles in the Turkish press (in turkish): Gaziantep Güncel  Güneş  Haber   Hakimiyet   Metropol   Pusula   Zafer

 

11.06.2010 - Belen Elektrik signed with Proparco a 11.5 million euros loan agreeement for the financing of a 30 MW wind farm

Belen Elektrik, a firm of the Guris group, and Proparco, the private sector subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD) group, signed today a long term loan agreement of 11.5 million euros for the financing, alongside other banks, of a 30 MW wind farm in Belen, Hatay, in the south east of Turkey.

The Belen project will contribute to increase the renewable energy production capacity of Turkey in the context of a growing demand. Green house gas emissions that will be saved through this project are estimated to be 60 000 tCO2eq per year. The Belen project has been certified “Gold Standard”, a high quality carbon credit label that has already allowed the company to sell, further than electricity, Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) on the carbon voluntary market.
 

 

Articles in the Turkish press: İstanbul Haber         Yeşil Ekonomi        Enerji       Haber Borsa   Gündem   Finans mynet   Guris

02.06.2010 - Mr Bernard Emie, Ambassador of France in Turkey met with NGOs in Diyarbakir

Frech Ambassador to Turkey Mr Emie, Counsellor Economic Pierre Coste, Director of the French Development Agency, Mr Laurent Duriez and his delegation  met with the of NGOs from Diyarbakır (NGOs), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Diyarbakir (DTSO). The French delegation hosted by the delegation formed by President Galip Ensarioğlu and the presidents of DİSİAD, GÜNSİAD, STOCK TRADING, and OSGIAD MUSIAD, was briefed on the economy of the region.

 
Articles in the turkish press (in turkish) : CHA

01.04.2010 - Gaziantep, the leading local climate plan in Turkey

As part of its support to the municipal sector in Turkey, AFD began working with the Metropolitan Municipality of Gaziantep, sixth city of Turkey. The city, located 135 km from Alep and a regional capital for the great southern Turkey, has a dynamic economy growth through in trade with neighboring countries.

Based on the willingness of municipal teams to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change, the AFD has implemented a pilot project in the development of a Regional Climate Plan in accordance with the methodology of Agency of Environment and Energy Management (ADEME).

Through the regional influence of the Municipality, the AFD is hoped that this approach could encourage other cities of Turkey develop real strategies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas emissions across their territory. The approach has received support from the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forests, which has invited a delegation from Gaziantep to tender their shares in favor of the environment during a side event of the conference on climate change "COP 16 to be held in Cancun from 29 November to 10 December 2010. AFD has financed the study support the involvement of Gaziantep also attend this side event.
 

Articles in the Turkish press (in turkish):  Gaziantep (CHA)       Biz de Variz Gazetesi

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