EU Industry Days 2023 – Interview with Dr. Adem Kumcu, UNITEE President

“Let’s support and empower migrant entrepreneurs and champion inclusion in Europe’s industrial landscape”.

The EU Industry Days 2023 held this week in Malaga, Spain, served as a crucial platform to discuss industry trends, challenges, and opportunities in the European Union. Dr. Adem Kumcu sheds light on the significance of this event and UNITEE’s participation in it.

Q1: What is the EU Industry Days?

Dr. Kumcu: The EU Industry Days is a flagship event of the European Union that brings together a diverse array of stakeholders, including businesses, policymakers, academia, and non-governmental organizations. 

It serves as a forum to delve into industrial sectors, trends, and innovations while addressing key issues such as digitalization, sustainability, and production efficiency. This event facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration on a broad scale.

Q2: Why is it important for migrant entrepreneurs and business professionals?

Dr. Kumcu: The EU Industry Days are of importance for migrant entrepreneurs and business professionals for several key reasons. 

These days offer networking opportunities. Migrant entrepreneurs can connect with industry leaders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs from across Europe, potentially leading to collaborations and partnerships.

These events are a great opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. The event provides insights into the latest trends, technologies, and policies shaping the European industrial landscape. This knowledge is invaluable for migrant entrepreneurs navigating the European market.

Let’s not discount visibility either. For migrant-owned businesses, participating in such events showcases their innovations and contributions to the European economy, attracting potential investors and collaborators.

Attending these events also helps with policy understanding. Understanding EU policies and various support for industries is crucial. It helps migrant entrepreneurs align their businesses with EU norms and access supportive schemes.

Perhaps most important is inclusion. It’s important for migrant entrepreneurs to have a seat at the table at these events, as active participation fosters inclusiveness and highlights the diverse entrepreneurial landscape of the EU, enhancing the capacity of migrant entrepreneurs to integrate and succeed.

Q3: Why does UNITEE participate in the EU Industry Days?

Dr. Kumcu: UNITEE’s presence at EU Industry Days not only promotes and represents the specific interests of migrant entrepreneurs but also fosters dialogue between the migrant business community and the broader European industrial and policy landscape.

These events give us an opportunity to advocate for the needs and challenges of migrant entrepreneurs and business professionals. We can ensure their considerations and needs are included in policy dialogues and future strategies.

We are also able to network and collaborate. UNITEE establishes connections with industry leaders and policymakers, forging alliances that benefit migrant entrepreneurs. Collaboration can lead to innovative projects and support systems.

These events give us a front-row seat to the latest policy developments. Gaining firsthand policy insights enables UNITEE to guide and inform its members effectively. We use this understanding to shape our strategies and provide pertinent advice to migrant entrepreneurs.

On top of policy insights, we acquire insights into the latest trends, innovations, and shifts in the industrial sector, which we subsequently disseminate among our members. This knowledge empowers migrant entrepreneurs.

By being in the room, UNITEE ensures that its strategies align with the EU’s industrial policies and trends. We identify areas where we can leverage EU policies and programs for the benefit of migrant entrepreneurs.

We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of visibility. Representing migrant entrepreneurs at such a high-profile event amplifies their presence and significance in the European industrial landscape. It showcases their success stories and contributions.

The international element of these events also gives us the chance to explore opportunities for migrant entrepreneurs to expand their businesses beyond national borders. Engaging with international stakeholders can lead to cross-border collaborations and ventures.

As we reflect on EU Industry Days 2023 in Malaga, we see that international events not only provide a platform to learn and receive insights but to promote the interests of migrant entrepreneurs across Europe, giving them a seat at the table in key discussions and decision-making processes.

These events offer migrant entrepreneurs unparalleled networking opportunities, equipping them with connections that can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and innovations. They provide a valuable knowledge-sharing platform, offering insights into the latest trends, technologies, and policies that influence the European industrial landscape.

Continuing to attend events and be part of the conversation will drive change, foster inclusivity, and champion the success of migrant entrepreneurs in Europe



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