Turkey-Africa Economic Forum kicks off in Istanbul
(EBC; October 11, 2018) - The Second Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum that aims to enhance bilateral relations between African countries and Turkey kicked off in Istanbul on Wednesday.
In his remark at the forum president Dr. Mulatu Teshome noted the long standing and historical relations of Africa and Turkey, with increasing partnership both in bilateral and multilateral forums.
As Ethiopia and Turkey elevated their relations to strategic partnership, President Mulatu Teshome underscored the relation between the two countries is getting stronger, notably trade and investment.
" The Bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Turkey have evolved to such extent that today Turkey figures as one of the three investors in Ethiopia."
President Mulatu Teshome also said that the government of Ethiopia is massively driving to develop industrial Parks to facilitate Private sector participation, more particularly export.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his part vowed to further strengthen the partnership with African countries in multifaceted ways.
Melaku Ezezew, head of the Pan-African Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said the forum will help both sides strengthen bilateral ties.
Victor Harrison, commissioner for economic affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC), stressed that the forum plays an important role in enhancing cooperation with African and Turkish business leaders.
The forum came together with the support of the existing strategic cooperation between Turkey and Africa, he said.
The two-day forum will feature a ministerial meeting themed "Fair, Free and Sustainable Trade" as well as panel discussions on cooperation in construction, infrastructure, and energy, and trade and investment in Africa.
Source: Office of the President, FDRE and www.aa.com.tr