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Another Side to the Story: A Market Assessment of Syrian SMEs in Turkey

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Another Side to the Story: A Market Assessment of Syrian SMEs in Turkey

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Lord Elgin Hotel (Pearson Ballroom), 100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON


Please join the Canadian International Development Platform and Building Markets for a presentation about Syrian businesses operating in Turkey, Another Side to the Story: A Market Assessment of Syrian SMEs in Turkey.

The Syrian civil war has displaced over six million people internally, forced five million to flee across the country’s border to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, and another 1.2 million have sought asylum in Europe. This has left half of Syria’s pre-war population dependent on life-saving assistance.

However, there’s another side to the story. In Turkey, a country that is now host to three million Syrian refugees, Syrians have founded over 6,000 businesses since 2011, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These SMEs are creating jobs and livelihoods, not only for Syrians and refugees, but also for host communities affected by the crisis, which tend to suffer from long-standing economic problems such as unemployment.

To bring visibility to Syrian SMEs, and to better understand their capabilities and growth constraints, Building Markets recently conducted a market assessment of 230 formal Syrian businesses operating in Istanbul and Gaziantep.

On July 12, a representative from Global Affairs Canada will deliver opening remarks. Jennifer Holt (Chief Executive Officer, Building Markets) and Selen Ucak (Consultant, Building Markets) and Kavya Raman (Project Director, Building Markets) will provide an overview of their analysis and findings. The presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by Aniket Bhushan (Principal, CIDP) about policy implications of this important report.

Due to high demand for limited seats, attendance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Please register by Monday, 7 July 2017 to confirm your attendance.


Building Markets is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs and encourages economic growth in crisis-affected countries by connecting local SMEs to new business opportunities. Through its approach, the organization has profiled and built a network of more than 23,000 local SMEs, assisted those businesses in winning $1.3 billion in contracts, and helped create over 69,000 jobs. For more information: www.buildingmarkets.org.

Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) leverages open data and big data to provide a comprehensive picture of Canada's engagement with developing countries. CIDP is housed at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, Ottawa. Visit our website for more information: www.cidpnsi.ca.

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