Uğur Akkuş, the Founder and CEO of A&S Investment Holding Company, is the name to know for businesses all over Turkey, especially in Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. His multi-million-dollar company, with offices in Istanbul’s Trump Towers, invests in all lines of businesses, including manufacturing, export, tourism, finance, and communications.
But Akkuş goes far beyond business and investing – he is a true patriot with a deep love for his country and a passion to improve the lives of his countrymen. He is proud of the young, college-educated workforce developing in Turkey, and feels that his country is ready to take its place as a global leader.
2022: The “Year of Investment in Turkey”, says Akkuş
Akkuş has noticed many foreign countries bringing business to Turkey as they recognize the growing value of the Turkish economy.
“2022 is the time to invest in Turkey,” he says. “China’s dominance of the manufacturing sector is done. Because of the economic embargo on China, major corporations are coming here. Shipping costs have also risen because China closed its borders due to COVID; a container that used to ship for $2,500 now ships for $12,500. Really, Turkey is the perfect solution. Our location means we are right at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and even Africa, if you think about it. Whichever direction you go, you will find an important market within only hours.”
Because of the political and economic turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, Akkuş sees an inevitable transfer of wealth to Turkey over the next decade. “As that happens, Turkey will see more businesses grow across industries, and I am guiding A&S Investment Holding Company to be there when that happens.”
The Ukraine/Russia affects the region as well, as many Ukrainian refugees are fleeing to Turkey. “We are doing what we can to help them, and we are keeping a close eye on the conflict and its possible implications for Turkey and the region,” he says. “We want to be ready to step in and help with the reconstruction of Ukraine when the war stops, so we are developing projects that will support the rebuilding of its food, textiles, and construction industries.”
While Akkuş utilized the resources of A&S Investment Holding Company to fight the spread of COVID, he didn’t let the pandemic slow him down. “We didn’t stop just because the coronavirus arrived. Instead, we looked down the road and envisioned where we wanted Turkey to be when the pandemic ended: strong and able to capitalize on an educated, cultured workforce. I met with my own employees and cast a vision for 2022 and the coming years: to use A&S Investment Holding Company to help Turkey to become the economic powerhouse I believe it is destined to become.”
A&S Investment Holding Company Brings Technological Advances to Turkey
Akkuş says that as Turkey continues to grow in prominence in the region, the key to it leading economically will be the contributions that it will make to the digital revolution. “Digitalization is inevitable and will bring exciting developments to the country and the world. This is why A&S Investment Holding Company plans to activate our digital money stock exchange, Bitmoneycoin.com. We plan to launch this in the United States and around the world at the beginning of June.”
He explains that it will be Turkey’s first local and national blockchain cryptocurrency. “It will lead to commission discounts, airdrop campaigns, new ICO processes, and trading competitions.”
Akkuş reveals that Bitmoneycoin.com, through the company’s Ascoin Invest Program, will also be used to sponsor relevant departments that are working on blockchain technology. “We are very happy about this because it will have the potential to provide financing for the projects of young entrepreneurs. I am pleased that Bitmoneycoin.com will contribute to Turkey being able to provide unprecedented opportunities for more people.”
Uğur Akkuş and A&S Investment Holding Company: A Winning Team
Akkuş is a third-generation businessman who started A&S Investment Holding Company with the aims of investing in commercial sectors with high-profit potential and of achieving sustainable and stable growth within targeted periods.
Akkuş attended Bilkent University and Essen-Duisburg University in Germany before going into business. He then worked as Vice-Chairman of Kuwait Business Council and the Foreign Economic Relations Board and was Vice-President of Saudi Arabia Business Council. He was also a High Advisory Board Member for the Turkish American Business Association and was the founding member and board member of KUVİD Association. He is fluent in English, German, French, and Arabic.
He has a unique perspective on business: “This is my way to give back to my country and to the world. Business is in my family’s blood. In forming my company, I used everything I learned from my father and grandfather about domestic and international trade as well as my own experiences and capital. The result is A&S Investment Holding Company, which supports all of its subsidiaries in terms of operations management, corporate governance, and finances. We continue to bring more businesses into our portfolio based on the principles of quality, value, service, and excellence, and it is my goal that A&S Investment Holding Company will make Turkey even stronger for generations to come.”
Akkuş’s dedication to his company and Turkey as well as his reputation in the industry have led him to be awarded the Best Businessman Award 2022 and for Best CEO of 2022.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am about this,” Akkuş says, smiling. “They are public awards and I had some tough competition, so just to be nominated was a tremendous honor.”
The New Normal Finds Turkey Out Front, Thanks to A&S
Akkuş and A&S Investment Holding Company pulled no punches when it came to fighting COVID-19. When Turkey faced a massive mask shortage, Akkuş put the power of his company behind creating Turkey’s largest mask manufacturer right in Istanbul. Also, when medical professionals requested more personal protective equipment in 2021, A&S began producing overalls, aprons, gloves, and masks and transported them to medical facilities across the country, as well as to Europe and America.
While he keeps a cool head in a crisis, Akkuş is grateful that COVID is coming to an end. “A new normal has been revealed,” he says. “With China’s role changing and war in Eastern Europe having global repercussions, A&S Investment Holding Company will work hard to continue to be at the forefront of important solutions and innovations through 2022 and beyond.”
For more information on Uğur Akkuş, A&S Investment Holding Company, and their work to help develop Turkey into a global economic leader, please visit the company’s website or contact:
A&S Investment Holding Company
Phone: 0212 801 48 64