Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency-TIKA, the official development agency of the Republic of Turkey, was established in 1992 with the aim of providing technical support and development assistance to partners abroad. The following decades witnessed a steady expansion of the activities of TIKA in line with Turkey’s policy of promoting prosperity in the neighboring regions and beyond.
Today, TIKA is operating in 170 countries with coordination offices in 56 countries in 5 continents. Through joint projects undertaken in cooperation with local authorities, NGOs and academia, TIKA acts as a conduit of transmitting know-how, building capacity, developing infrastructure and preserving objects of historical/cultural heritage. It carries out projects in a wide range of fields including health, education, culture, sports and research.
TIKA’s activities constitute an integral part of Turkey’s global development assistance program. As an emerging donor country, Turkey’s share in the global humanitarian and development assistance has been on a steady rise in recent years. According to the data provided in the 2015 Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, Turkey ranked 2nd after the US in official humanitarian aid with a total contribution of 3,2 billion dollars. That same year Turkey was named as the “most generous country” in terms of the ratio of official humanitarian assistance to its national income. Last year alone, Turkey delivered an estimated total of 5.7 billion dollars in humanitarian assistance.
TIKA opened its Bucharest Coordination Office back in 2015 as part of the Turkish Embassy. Since then, the Office has undertaken over 80 projects in various fields in active engagement and collaboration with official local partners.
The projects completed by TIKA in the last 10 months include:
- Equipment support to the new passport office of the Bucharest Prefecture located in Plaza Romania,
- Acquisition of two specially equipped vehicles for children with disabilities in collaboration with the Sector 4 General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection,
- Equipping the playground at the “Maria Montessori“ Educational Center for disabled children in Constanta,
- Modernization of the neonatology intensive care department in Tulcea Emergency Hospital,
- Installation of a video conference system for online courses at the Faculty of Psychology and Social Sciences of the “Babeş Bolyai” University in Cluj,
- Facilitating the organization of the first edition of the International Archeological Conference “Ottoman Archeology in Romania: Challenges, Realities, Perspectives”,
- Inauguration of the “Dimitrie Cantemir” Center for Turkish Studies at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest,
- Equipping 25 smart-classes at the “Principesa Margareta” School in Bucharest in partnership with the Royal House of Romania,
- Equipping the library and research laboratory of the Mathematics Department at the Ovidius University,
- Implementing over 5 programs of capacity building and experts exchange in the area of media, renewable energy, healthcare and language education.
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s present and future projects aims to strengthen the relations between two important strategic partners, Romania and Turkey. TIKA will continue to work together with its Romanian partners, building new bridges of cooperation between our two countries. Looking back at the accomplished work so far, we would like to thank all our Romanian partners for the support they extended to TIKA in the past 2.5 years. We firmly believe that our cooperation will continue to expand with new projects to the common good of our peoples.
HACI AHMET DAŞTAN
Coordinator of TİKA Bucharest