When we took over the management of the Chamber in April 2018, one of our first goals was to become a Class A Accredited Chamber. We achieved this goal in the certificate renewal audit that we passed in November 2019. As a result of renewal audit we succeeded in being the first Chamber to be upgraded directly from Class C to Class A.
The biggest factors in achieving this success were adopting the principles of good governance as a motto and being a real team with our board of directors, assembly members and our staff. This synergy that we created caused a driving force in the institutionalization of our Chamber.
I would like to express that we have also succeeded in creating the similar synergy locally in Düzce. We carry out works that support the economic and social development of Düzce, together with all institutions, especially Düzce Governorship, Düzce Municipality and Düzce University.
We are making efforts to bring investments to our Düzce with high added value, which will develop employment and sub-industry. We are on our way to become an exemplary province, especially in terms of University-Industry cooperation.We are making efforts to bring investments with high added value which will develop employment and sub-industry.We are on our way to become an exemplary province, especially in terms of University-Industry cooperation.
We follow our Strategic Plan and Annual Business plans for the years 2018-2021, which we prepared after taking over the management. We evaluate the realization situations at certain periods throughout the year. We have revised the personnel performance evaluation system and are updating our quality system according to the conditions of the current day. In September 2020, we became the first institution of Düzce which received the COVID-19 Safe Service Certificate.
The individual development and professional trainings and seminars of our chamber continue rapidly. Although we had to move these events to the virtual environment during the pandemic period, we reached a very good number of participants.
It is obvious that the pandemic has caused the expected digitalization level to be reached in a very short time.We consider that it is a duty to contribute to the adaptation of our Chamber members to the digitalization process.We implemented a project titled "Digital Transformation in Manufacturing" within the scope of the Eastern Marmara Development Agency Financial Support Program on this subject and we created a "Digital Transformation Scorecard and Roadmap" report for 60 member companies. "The Digital Transformation Office" which we established within the scope of this project, we continue to contribute to the digitalization process of our member companies and make them sustainable.
During the pandemic period, we provided many solutions under the leadership of our TOBB President M.Rifat Hisarcıklığlu. We provided low-cost credit support to our members by combining tax deferrals and reductions, maturity of public debts and the resources we have with the resources of banks.
We attach great importance to foreign trade and try to provide many supports especially in trainings in order to increase of our members’ exports.In 2020, an official export of 321 million dollars was realized from Düzce to 140 countries. This mentioned figure reaches 1 billion 650 million dollars in case of considering the companies with branch status, whose legal headquarters are outside of Düzce, although they produce in Düzce
The goal of Düzce Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to provide added value to the economy of our city with our over 5 thousand members, our member companies that have a say in the country's exports and our close cooperation with public institutions. For this purpose, we continue to work with great a determination with our 31 Assembly Members and 25 personnel.