CEPIS President Visits Turkey

The president of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) Byron Nicolaides visited Turkey in September for a series of high-level meetings with key Turkish government officials. Among others, he met with the Minister of Finance, Cengiz Yavilioglu, the Chief Advisor of the Prime Minister, Ihsan Durdu and the Turkish Presidency Spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin.

The potential of using digital technology in improving public services and tackling youth unemployment was at the heart of discussions.

Mr. Nicolaides highlighted that while the demand for IT professionals is steadily increasing at global level, many job candidates are lacking digital skills. This digital skills gap results in many vacant jobs. Most of these vacant jobs are independent of university degree(s) and require IT skills.

“The digital skills gap is a universal problem and requires a common approach across Europe,” said Mr. Nicolaides.

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With Yusuf Tekin, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education With Cengiz Yavilioglu, Minister of Finance With Ihsan Durdu, Chief Advisory of Prime Ministry
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With Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish Presidency Spokesperson With Erkan Ibis, Ankara University Rector With Omer Fatih Sayan, President of Information and Communication Technologies Authority, and Ilker Tabak, President of Turkish Informatics Association