DPI Online Roundtable Meeting, ‘The Dividends of Peace and the Cost of the Conflict in Turkey: A Regional Perspective’, 29 April 2021

On 29 April, DPI ran an online roundtable meeting entitled ‘The dividends of peace and the cost of the conflict in Turkey: A Regional Perspective’, which was held in collaboration with Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting was the first of the series called ‘Mapping dividends of peace in Turkey’, designed to focus on the economic benefits of peace, as well as the direct and indirect effects of peacebuilding on economic growth and stability. The event’s key note speakers were Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland and Mehmet Kaya, Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman of the Board. By engaging with and hearing the experiences of the speakers, participants were presented with both a regional and an international perspective on dividends of peace. The activity brought together a mixed group of participants with diverse political affiliations and coming from a variety of professional backgrounds, including prominent business people from south and south-eastern part of Turkey, as well as academics, civil society actors, journalists, and various representatives from political parties. The roundtable meeting provided a valuable platform for leading business figures to discuss the economic effect on peace and democratisation processes during these challenging times and will contribute to the debate on the economic rationale for peace in Turkey.