Kürşad Tuzmen (Date of birth 9 October 1958, Ankara), the State Minister responsible for Foreign Trade and Customs in the 59th and 60th Governments and the 22nd Term Justice and Development Party Gaziantep and the 23rd Term Justice and Development Party Mersin deputy of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. politician.
Early life and education
Kürşad Tuzmen was born on October 9, 1958 in Ankara. He graduated from Middle East Technical University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 1981. In 1987, he received training in Liverpool Free Zone Free Zone Management for four months in Liverpool. He completed his master's degree in International Business at the University of Illinois in 1991. He attended the Development Economics Certificate Program at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
Between 1984-1991, he worked as a specialist at the Undersecretariat of State Planning Organization, Free Zones Department. Between 1991-1993, as the Head of the Department at the Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade, the General Directorate of Free Zones, as Deputy General Manager between 1993-1994, as General Manager between 1994-1997, as Deputy Undersecretary between 1997-1999, 1999 Between 2002, he worked as the Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade.
Between 1995-1999, he was a member of the WEPZA Board of Directors, between 1997-1999 as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IGEME (Export Promotion Center), between 2000-2002 as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Turkish Eximbank and since 1999, the WEPZA (World Economic Processing Zones Association). His presidency is among his other duties. Tüzmen, who gives lectures on Free Zones and Economic Development in Chile, Ireland and Brazil, with the scholarships of OECD, United Nations and British Council, on 'Foreign Trade and Free Zones' in Ireland, Denmark, Egypt, Singapore and He did studies in South Korea. He wrote articles about Economy and Foreign Trade in various journals.
World Newspaper Bureaucrat of the Year award in 1999, Mediterranean Journalists Association's Public Manager of the Year Award in 2000, Dünya Newspaper Bureaucrat of the Year award in 2001, Economist Magazine of the Year Award, 2001 Young Civil Society's Career Top Award, 2001 GESİAD Statesman of the Year Award. It is among the awards that it has received a Commercial Citation given by the 2001 Turkish-American Business Council Executive Board and the American-Turkish Council Executive Board.
Having entered politics from the Justice and Development Party, Tuzmen served as the Minister of State in the 58th, 59th and 60th Governments. Tüzmen, whose duty in the 2009th Government ended with a cabinet change made in 60, was later elected to the AK Party MKYK and became the AK Party Vice President for Foreign Affairs. However, Tuzmen, whose skin cancer recurred recently, left his duty.
Tüzmen, a national swimmer and professional diver, speaks English and German, is married and has two children.