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However, I am really excited to be here in Turkey for the very first time to speak at the Digital Economy e-commerce summit, to be held over the next couple of days in Istanbul.
There are over 300 delegates at this conference and, given Turkey's economic growth and the fact that it is in the global top ten of internet usage (with 27 million internet users), the event should be one that creates considerable debate as to how this nation develops in the future.
I am particularly looking forward to the speech by David Rowan, editor of Wired magazine, on the ten trends that are going to change the digital economy in the future.
Also, as I am sharing the stage tomorrow with Zafer Çağlayan, the Turkish Minister for the Economy, it will also create an opportunity to see whether we can link in Welsh fast growth firms into this growing economy.