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The Turkish president wants to boost business ties with African countries.Turkey’s president has promised to boost relations with African countries as he visited the Senegalese capital Dakar during a four-day tour of Central and West Africa.
“We will continue to enhance our relations with African countries on the basis of sincerity and solidarity,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday during a joint press conference with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall.
“We exchanged ideas on how we can further advance our relations in every area,” he said. “We once again gladly observed that we share the same determination to deepen our cooperation.”
In 2021, the volume of bilateral trade between Turkey and Senegal reached $540m. Erdogan has said the goal is to bring the figure to $1bn.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), which “has since 2007 completed 186 projects in Senegal with a total value of $12m, is determined to maintain its activities,” he said.
Sall praised Turkish companies that have initiated various investment projects in the country and said investments between the two countries should increase even more.
The Turkish president is set to attend Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the Dakar Olympic Stadium, which was constructed by a Turkish company.
Erdogan, who set out on Sunday for the tour, will also visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea-Bissau.
In Dakar, the Turkish president noted that the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, held in Istanbul in December, set out a roadmap in Turkish relations with Africa for 2022 to 2026.
Leaders from more than a dozen African countries attended the summit, highlighting Turkey’s expanding influence on the continent.
Since its 2019 intervention in the Libyan civil war, Istanbul has steadily expanded its African footprint as it seeks to replace Western influence on the continent.
The European Union has sought to counter both Turkish and Chinese influence, positioning itself as “Africa’s partner of choice” during a summit with the African Union earlier this month.
“The European Union is the first trading partner and the first investor in Africa,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said after the two-day summit, which drew to a close on February 18. “Indeed, we need a stronger partnership between us.”
Turkey is an important member of the G-20 platform and the 13th largest country in the world by purchasing parity, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 21, underlining the strength of the Turkish economy despite global difficulties.
“Our economy is resilient to global shocks. We grew our economy by five percent every year despite the instability in the region,” Erdoğan said, speaking at a business forum during his visit to the Senegalese capital Dakar as part of his four-day trip to Central and West Africa.
Turkey will see a more successful year in growth in 2022 as its growth rates approach double digits, Erdoğan stated.
Senegal is an export gateway to West Africa, Erdoğan said, noting cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, food and health will be beneficial for the entire region.
Turkey’s policy for “opening” to Africa was successfully completed and turned into a partnership policy with Africa in 2013, he said, emphasizing that ongoing projects with African partnerships are based on equal partnership and mutual benefit.
Ankara will continue to enhance its relations with African countries based on sincerity and solidarity, Erdoğan said during a joint press conference with his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall.
The bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Senegal reached $540 million in 2021, the president said, noting that Turkey’s aim is to increase this figure to some $1 billion soon.
He added that Turkish firms in Senegal carry out operations in the fields of energy, steel production, health care, food industry, ready-mixed concrete production and gold processing.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) has finalized 186 projects in Senegal with a total value of $12 million since 2007, Erdoğan said. The Turkish Maarif Foundation provides education for 287 students at 13 schools in the country, he noted.
He thanked Senegalese authorities for their support in Turkey’s fight against FETÖ. “We have no doubt that this support and solidarity will continue,” he said.
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