Population (July 2014 est.):81,619,392 (growth rate: 1.12%); birth rate: 16.86/1000; infant mortality rate: 21.43/1000; life expectancy: 73.29
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $1.167 trillion; per capita $15,300.
Real growth rate: 3.8%.
Industries: textiles, food processing, autos, electronics, mining (coal, chromite, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper.
Exports: $167.6 billion (2013 est.): apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment.
Imports:$242.9 billion (2013 est.): machinery, chemicals, semi-finished goods, fuels, transport equipment.
Internet users: 27.233 million (2009).
The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce was founded during the depressing days of the Pre-Republic era, to serve as an economic organization to ensure economic development and to protect economic rights in the face of foreign campaigns. Named the Assembly of Commerce under the Dersaadet (a former name of Istanbul) Chamber of Commerce, the assembly held its first meeting in January 14, 1882 which proved a milestone for both Turkey and the private sector.
As it changed its name to Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the 1910s, the Chamber took on a more difficult mission in 1925 with the incorporation of the Chambers and the perquisite that businesses register with a chamber. The ICOC adopted its current name, of which it is highly proud, in 1952, when industrial companies gathered under a different name.
The ICOC took on another crucial responsibility as the Istanbul Trade Registry Office was transferred to the ICOC in 1996. Launched to allow members to access services as easily and quickly as possible, ICOC, works to serve its members in the most efficient manner through its Kadıköy and Giyimkent Regional representatives.
Aware of social responsibility and as a broad-based NGO, the ICOC is an strong advocate of democracy and the free market, the uncompromising principles of economic and political stability. In line with these principles, its pioneering and model activities are essential to its mission. The ICOC has always guided the Turkish private sector and society with its projects and initiatives.