“IPRU” FOUNDED WITH 13 MEMBER NATIONS

“International Passenger Road Transport Union”, shortly IPRU was officially founded on the 90th anniversary of the foundation of our Republic, 29th of October, with the participation of the sectoral representatives of the founder-member nations. Thus, Turkey took in charge as the founder of an international non-governmental organization for the first time in history. Galip Öztürk assumed as the founder president of IPRU.

The first international non-governmental organization founded in Turkey

Stating that the bus transportation sector in Turkey is nearly as old as the Republic and has a strong model which can win the approval and admiration of the world, Galip Ozturk noted that IPRU will contribute significantly on the development of the sector globally. Ozturk also mentioned that IPRU is a first. Ozturk underlined that no non-govermental organization in Turkey has ever pioneered to have an international nature until today and stood out that IPRU is the first non-govermental organization formed in Turkey having international nature.

Vice Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Yahya Ba?, Bulgarian Minister of Transportation, Information and Communication Technologies Danail Papazov, Afghanistan Minister of Trasnportation and Civil Aviation Dr. Davud Al Najafi also attended the foundation ceremony of IPRU where 13 founder association have taken part.

Among the attendatns Deputy Secretary of Transportation Ministry Talat Aydyn, General Director of Highway Regulations Department, Ali Ryza Yüceulu, Istanbul Transportation District Director Hamza Demirdelen, Founder President of Coacher Federation of Turkey (TOFED) and IPRU Galip Öztürk, President of TOFED Mehmet Erdo?an, President of TOF Mustafa Yyldyrym, Chairperson of Avrasya Terminal Operations Inc. Ayten Öztürk, General Manager Haluk Tan, Sales and Marketing Director of Anatolia Isuzu Fatih Tamay and the representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, Iran, Sudan, Romania, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Jordan, Serbia and Croatia which would sign the foundation declaration among the participants of the ceremony.

To be a recognized NGO by UN  

In the signing ceremony that has took place in Istanbul Conrad Hotel, TOFED’s Vice President responsible of IPRU Ali Cikkan gave the first speech. Cikkan stated that the goal of the IPRU which was founded by the participation of 13 founder nation and 16 non-governmental organizations, is to preserve and enhance the importance of road passenger transportation among other transportation modes and to settle the economical and technical collaboration between the countries. Cikkan also mentioned that they will work hard to make IPRU, the first international non-governmental organization founded in Turkey, a democratic, participative and reputable international professional organization which will be recognized by United Nations and other international authorities.

Leadership for the global development of the sector

Taken part as the founder president of TOFED in 2005 and has played a great role on gathering all the road passenger transportation sector under a single roof, Galip Ozturk, summarized about the situation that the bus transportation sector had came in Turkey. Stating that the bus transportation sector in Turkey is nearly as old as the Republic and has a strong model which can win the approval and admiration of the world, Ozturk noted that IPRU will contribute significantly on the development of the sector globally. Ozturk said: “I’m talking about a sector structure where every detail is thought  and planned from the production stage to getting on the road and taking up the passenger almost from his/her home and transporting him/her to their final destination. Today world leaders of industry manufacturers make their coaches in their factories in Turkey and sell the top model busses first in our country and then to Europe and Middle East. Of course it’s not a coincidence that Turkey was selected as the center of the bus/coach manufacturing.“

This is a first

“It’s not possible to encounter anywhere in the world even a similar example of this model in our country” IPRU Founder President continued his words and said: “That’s why the manufacturers choose Turkey as their base of operations. As Europe at first place, all the Asia and Middle East nations admire our business model and trying to apply it in their countries.”

Ozturk continued his words as: “We have founded TOFED to gather all the sector under a roof and to show the fund of knowledge of our country in bus transportation not only nation wide but also to all the world. While we were settling TOFED we also maturized the thought of IPRU and subsequently my colleagues started to found it amain and now today IPRU was being founded. I wish good luck to all of us with IPRU where we have founded by involving 13 nations in our union.”

Ozturk also mentioned that IPRU is a first. He underlined that no non-govermental organization in Turkey has ever pioneered to have an international nature until today and stood out that IPRU is the first non-govermental organization founded in Turkey having international nature.