Roundtable Meeting with
Mr. Vahit Erdem,
Founder & First Undersecretary of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (F)
May 23, 2018
On May 23, 2018, Mr. Vahit Erdem, Founder and First Undersecretary of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, addressed GRF members at a roundtable meeting. In his speech, Mr. Erdem examined the process since the founding of the Turkish Republic within the context of the defence industry, and the plan behind the establishment of the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries. Among the policies put forward as part of this plan, Mr. Erdem mentioned several policies; encouraging domestic-foreign partnerships and investment in manufacturing systems for the Turkish Armed Forces, creating human resources in said field, and developing domestic products-systems through R&D. Mr. Erdem ended his speech with suggestions concerning the future of the defence industry, and answered the participants’ questions.