Republic of Turkey

MINISTRY of TRADE

Akhilik, Akhism Week and Council

 

 Preservation and Promotion of Akhilik

 
Ahi-order is a value system that hosts 1000 years of cultural history of our tradesmen and craftsmen. Basic values of Ahi-order are honesty, tolerance, love, friendship, and solidarity. Ahi-order has been the symbol of workers, producers, halal earnings, honest management throughout history and it contains many human values that the world needs nowadays.
 
On behalf of the preservation and promotion of Ahi culture we organize and support many national and international cultural/social activities (symposiums, congress seminar, festivals) as Directorate General.


 

The Akhism Week Celebrations


The Official Directive Regarding The Akhism Week Celebrations:
 
During 1988-2008, Akhism Week Celebrations were organized under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Kırşehir  and relevant NGOs, as per the directive published in the Official Gazette (Official Gazette: 7 February 1988, 19860). The Directive was further amended to transfer the responsibility of organizing the Akhism Events to the Ministry of Industry and Trade in 2008.
 
Apart from the amendments of 2013, the Directive regarding the Akhism Week Celebrations is based on  Articles 12 and 34 of the Decree No. 640 dated June, 3rd 2011 governing the Organization and Functions of the Ministry of Customs and Trade. Moreover, the the Ministry was renamed as the Ministry of Customs and Trade
 
The Composition of the Board (The Central Executive Board of Akhism Week Celebrations)

The Central Executive Board of Akhism Week Celebrations is composed of the General Director of the General Directorate for Tradesmen and Craftsmen:
  • Deputy General Director of Tradesmen and Craftsmen Ministry of Interior

  • Ministry of National Education 

  • Ministry of Culture and Tourism 

  • The Directorate General of the Turkish Radio, Television Corporation- Council of Higher Education 

  • Atatürk High Institute of Culture, Language and History Governor’s Office of the Province Kırşehir 

  • Municipality of the Province Kırşehir 

  • Ahi Evran University, Center for Research  on Akhism Culture 

  • The Foundation for Research and Education of Akhism Culture 

  • The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) 

  • Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK) 

  • Central Association of Union of Turkish Credit and Surety Cooperatives for Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESKOMB) 

  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Province of Kırşehir 

  • Association of Chambers of Tradesmen and Craftsmen of the Province of Kırşehir.

Directorate General of Tradesmen and Craftsmen serves as the secretariat of the Board. 

Duties of the Board (The Central Executive Board of Akhism Week Celebrations):
 
The program of the Akhism Week Celebrations may be subsumed into two different events: Official Celebration Program held in Kırşehir and official celebrations held in other cities. The Central Executive Board of Akhism Week Celebrations convenes four times a year i.e. October, February, May, August and coordinates and performs the following tasks: 
  • Evaluation of the celebration program of the previous year, 

  • Preparation of  the framework of the celebration program held in cities other than Kırşehir and dissemination of the framework program to these cities, andapproval process of the celebration programs of these cities 

  • Dissemination of   relevant news and activities to the public through media; and conclusion  and ratification of the official celebration program prepared by the Kırşehir Akhism Celebration Committee 

  • Ratification of the budget of the celebration activities. 

  • Selection ofthe Akhi of the year among candidates across Turkey.

 
Composition of the Committee (Akhism Provincial Celebration Committee):

Presided  by the duly assigned local authority or the vice president, Akhism Provincial Celebration Committee is composed of the following: 
  • Provincial Director of Trade 

  • Provincial Director of National Education 

  • Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism 

  • Provincial Director of Youth and Sports 

  • University 

  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry 

  • Association of Chambers of Tradesmen and Craftsmen

  •  Association of Credit and Surety Cooperatives for Tradesmen and Craftsmen.

 

Provincial Directorate of Trade serves as the secretariat of the Committee.
 
Duties of the Committee (Akhism Provincial Celebration Committee): 
  • To prepare and present draft programs for the celebration activities in accordance with decisions taken by the Committee 

  • To determine the institutions, organizations and relevant persons assigned for the celebrations. 

  • To submit the final report of the celebration activities to the board following the completion of the official celebrations 

  • To select the Akhi of the Province in all provinces in accordance with “Internal Directive on the Ahi Week Celebrations Award” and report the results to the Board.

Composition and Functions of the Commission of Expenditures:

Presided by Deputy General Director of the General Directorate of Tradesmen and Craftsmen: 
  • Provincial Director of Trade of the Province of Kırşehir 

  • Municipality of Kırşehir 

  • Confederation of Turkish Tradesman and Craftsman (TESK) 

  • Central Association of Union of Turkish Credit and Surety Cooperatives for Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESKOMB)

 Date of the celebrations:
 
Akhism Week is celebrated every year in May. Date and span of the celebrations may vary depending on the proposal of the Board and the approval of the Ministry of Customs and Trade if deemednecessary.
 
The Activities of the Celebrations:
 
The general framework of the celebrations pursuant to the Directive on the Akhism Week Celebrations: 
  • Fairs, kermises, exhibitions, refreshments and similar activities 

  • Scientific organizations such as symposia, panels, conferences and seminars 

  • Competition in fields such as painting, poetry, literature 

  • Movies, theaters, video shows and music concerts.

Celebration Expenses:
 
The expenses of the celebrations are borne separately in Kırşehir and in other provinces.
 
Expenses of Celebrations in Kırşehir are covered by the following: 
  • Ministry of Customs and Trade 

  • Confederation of Turkish Tradesman and Craftsman (TESK) 

  • Central Association of Turkish Credit and Surety Cooperatives for Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESKOMB) 

  • Sponsors

 Expenses of Celebrations in other provinces are covered by the following: 
  • The Ministry of Customs and Trade 

  • Professional Organizations of Tradesman and Craftsman 

  • The member chambers to the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) 

  • The member cooperatives to Central Association of Turkish Credit and Surety Cooperatives for Tradesman and Craftsman (TESKOMB)

  • Sponsors