YASAD ( Yazılım Sanayicileri Derneği or Software Industrialists Association) is a non-governmental organization representing the software sector in Turkey. It comprises most of the local software producers, including the leading ones.
The association endeavors to help the Turkish software sector attain a world-class development level. Its mission is to place Turkey in the list of major global players who export software and related high value-added technological products, and continuously improve its position, converting the sector into one of the driving forces of the Turkish economy.
Its short- and medium-term targets include satisfying nearly all of Turkey’s software needs though domestic products, realizing efforts to improve the institutionalization, quality and competitiveness of the sector, and reaching a software export volume of $1 billion per annum by 2015. In the longer run, the organization aims to work incessantly in order to transform its member companies into globally recognized software firms, to develop cooperation, alliances and synergies with other global companies, and to rank among the five largest sectors of the Turkish economy in terms of exports by 2023.
YASAD undertakes activities to create public awareness regarding the strategic importance of the software sector for Turkey, stressing its potential in exports with high value added, role in national security, economic growth, welfare and reduction of unemployment rates, and explaining the capabilities of the national software sector.
We have started to our journey with a large and strong team in order to produce policies and strategies which will contribute to economic and sociologic growth of our industry and our country. Turkey has unique natural and cultural richness which has hosted civilizations on his land who shaped the world since ages. Again, Turkey has very young and strong entrepreneur sprit population which extreme work ethic and creativity.
We aim to grow our richness with help of technology and transform Turkey to a center of high technology production. Our first target in this road will be to grow our experienced, knowledgeable and effective software producing companies into global brands. We will prioritize development of R&D strategies and supports on new and critical technologies within local and regional scope.
We have emphasized participation to our Board of Directors to embrace the totality of our sector with people who would make our voice to be heard stronger. Besides, most of our Board of Directors members are also members of Turkey Service Exporters Association Committee which is a new and important governmental entity for software industry. We will orient ourselves in this new period of 3 years towards important topics as standardization, sustainability policies, company scale-up, branding and getting to known in global markets. We have started fast and continue to push our limits to produce fast results.
16 January 2020