Meeting up with Uğur Akkuş, the Founder and CEO of A&S Investment Holding Company, is no easy feat. As the leader of a company whose multimillion-dollar portfolio includes assets in manufacturing, export, finance, construction, and communications, Akkuş is constantly meeting with business leaders to discuss the development of their industries and their impact on the Turkish economy. He is far more likely to be found sitting in a cafe in Edirne, listening to an entrepreneur talk about their idea for a cryptocurrency, than at his office in Istanbul’s Trump Towers. Akkuş is, in effect, the man to ask if you want to know what is happening in Turkey. He agreed to provide his “man on the street” perspective on his country as well as the plans that A&S Investment Holding Company has for 2022.
Akkuş Believes 2022 Will Be a Big Year for Investors in Turkey.
Akkuş reveals that the Turkish people are enthusiastic about the coming year. “We are seeing a lot of foreign countries come here because they are recognizing the advantages of doing business here,” he says. “First, China’s dominance of the manufacturing sector is done. Because of the economic embargo on China, major corporations are coming here. Really, it’s the perfect situation. Our location means we are right at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and even Africa, if you think about it. Whichever direction you go, you will find an important market within only hours.”
Akkuş says that A&S Investment Holding Company has been working hard even during the pandemic to continue the efforts to develop Turkey. “We didn’t stop just because the coronavirus arrived. Instead, we looked down the road and envisioned where we wanted Turkey to be when the pandemic ended: strong and able to capitalize on an educated, cultured workforce. I met with my own employees and cast a vision for 2022 and the coming years: to use A&S Investment Holding Company to help Turkey to become the economic powerhouse I believe it is destined to become.”
Akkuş explains that he thinks that because of the political and economic turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, there will be an inevitable transfer of wealth to Turkey over the next decade. “As that happens, Turkey will see more businesses grow across industries, and I am guiding A&S Investment Holding Company to be there when that happens.”
How A&S Investment Holding Company Will Help Turkey Be Leaders in the Digital Revolution
Key to Turkey leading economically, Akkuş says, will be the contributions that it will make to the digital revolution. “Digitalization is inevitable and will bring exciting developments to the country and the world. This is why A&S Investment Holding Company plans to activate our digital money stock exchange, Bitmoneycoin.com. We plan to launch this in the United States and around the world at the end of February.”
He explains that it will be Turkey’s first local and national blockchain cryptocurrency. “It will lead to commission discounts, airdrop campaigns, new ICO processes, and trading competitions.”
Akkuş reveals that Bitmoneycoin.com, through the company’s Ascoin Invest Program, will also be used to sponsor relevant departments that are working on blockchain technology. “We are very happy about this because it will have the potential to provide financing for the projects of young entrepreneurs. I am pleased that Bitmoneycoin.com will contribute to Turkey being able to provide unprecedented opportunities for more people.”
About Uğur Akkuş and A&S Investment Holding Company
Akkuş is a third-generation businessman who started A&S Investment Holding Company with the aims of investing in commercial sectors with high profit potential and of achieving sustainable and stable growth within targeted periods.
Akkuş attended Bilkent University and Essen-Duisburg University in Germany before going into business. He then worked as Vice-Chairman of Kuwait Business Council and the Foreign Economic Relations Board and was Vice-President of Saudi Arabia Business Council. He was also a High Advisory Board Member for the Turkish American Business Association and was the founding member and board member of KUVİD Association. He is fluent in English, German, French and Arabic and sees business as his way to give back to his country and the world.
“Business is in my family’s blood,” he says, “and in forming my company, I used everything I learned from my father and grandfather about domestic and international trade as well as my own experiences and capital. The result is A&S Investment Holding Company, which supports all of its subsidiaries in terms of operations management, corporate governance, and finances. We continue to bring more businesses into our portfolio based on the principles of quality, value, service, and excellence, and it is my goal that A&S Investment Holding Company will make Turkey even stronger for generations to come.”
A&S Investment Holding Company and the Future of Development in Turkey
For years, analysts have pointed to Turkey’s emergence as a major player in the global economy. Today, as the dust settles from COVID and the world adjusts to a new normal, watch for the country to rebound quickly and for its population to be at the forefront of important innovations. Behind them, it is likely that you will see A&S Investment Holding Company and Uğur Akkuş, providing support and helping to guide Turkey through 2022 and beyond.
For more information on Uğur Akkuş and A&S Investment Holding Company and their work to help develop Turkey into a global economic leader, please visit the company’s website or contact:
A&S Investment Holding Company
Phone: 0212 801 48 64
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