AK Party Vice Chairman Egemen Bagis met with active NGOs at a roundtable which was arranged by the Besiktas District Organization of the AK Party in Yıldız Park- Malta Kosk on February 16th 2008. Solutions to the problems of current Besiktas county were discussed during the meeting. Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER), the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB), the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Robert .College Alumni Association (RKMD), Education Culture and Research Foundation (EKAV) and many other NGOs joined this meeting.
In the meeting, Mr. Bagis delivered a speech and mentioned that Turkey showed considerable developments with the AK Party government; however, there is more distance in order to arrive at perfection. Bagis stated "Unfortunately, we, as a nation, make an effort to solve artificial problems instead of real ones." Noting that they have never fleed from critics and they are open to constructive ideas and views, Bagis added: "In fact we want to tackle with the problems of Turkey. We give weight to ideas of people looking from different perspective to genuine problems."
While uttering that they are sometimes exposed to unjust criticisms, Bagis maintained that "Turkey and Turkish Nations have been directed to the West for the last 1000 years. No one has an aim or plan to change this trajectory. We are often confronted with the question ‘Do you have any secret agenda?' If we had a secret agenda, then this would certainly have been the best kept secret. Further, we are in power for 6 years, and we are apparent with our actions."
Noting that Besiktas has not been served as it deserves, Bagis claimed that AK Party should obtain the administration of Besiktas Municipality.