Turkey’s Relations with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Turkey is one of the 20 founding members of the OECD.

From 1960’s to 1980’s, Turkey’s interest in the OECD focused on the works of the “the OECD Consortium to Aid Turkey” which had been established on 12 July 1962 to annually oversee Turkey’s economic situation and determine the amount of financial aid to be allocated to Turkey. In addition to the Consortium, Turkey actively participated in the works of the “Working Group on Turkey’s External Debt” which was established on 17 May 1978 with the purpose of better management of Turkey’s increasing foreign debt.

Starting from the 2000’s, Turkey-OECD relations reached new heights parallel to the EU accession and national reform processes.

Today, relevant Turkish authorities and bodies are following the OECD work more closely, making their contributions and benefitting from the organization. Recently, national regulatory bodies have also focused their attention to the OECD work.

OECD Ankara Multilateral Tax Center operates in Ankara under the management of the Turkish Ministry of Finance. Apart from Turkey, OECD Multilateral Tax Centers are operational in Austria, Hungary, Korea and Mexico along with the Ankara Center, which is one of the most active ones. Since 1993, OECD Ankara Multilateral Tax Center has hosted education seminars on tax matters for over 4.000 participants from 45 countries.

Turkey’s financial contribution to the OECD main budget (Part – I) in 2010 was 2.495 million Euros at a scale of 1.062%. With the addition of Part – II programs, total amount of the contribution reaches up 3.39 million Euros.

Staff of the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the OECD is composed of officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Development, Economy and the Undersecretariat of Treasury.

Turkey has assumed the Chairmanship of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for 2012. Ministerial Council Meeting is expected to be held in Paris on 22-24 May 2012.

Being a founding member of the OECD, Turkey chaired the Ministerial Council Meeting of the Organization last time in 1986. Turkey's resumption of this duty after a long interval will serve to enhancement of the relations between Turkey and the OECD and will bring a new dimension to Turkey's contributions to the OECD up to now. Our 2012 Presidency will also provide an opportunity for our country to assume a leading role in shaping the OECD's agenda for 2012 and to share our experiences regarding Turkey’s successful economic performance.