The decision was taken at a ministerial conference held in Istanbul on February 12 between African foreign ministers and their Turkish counterpart.
Turkish-African relations are on the brink of a cruising speed. This is reflected in the second successful ministerial conference in Istanbul on February 12, as Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, put it.
It is fruitful, because for Turkey, it is a question of “increasing its investments and its relations with Africa” and that Ankara “notices the same position among the African brothers”.
It is thus a “strategic” partnership whose fruits seem already conclusive since the first conference of its kind in 2016.
In particular in the field of the exchanges which exceed according to experts the 20 billion dollars. But Turkey does not intend to stop there. The country promises to multiply these exchanges by 5 in the next five years.
In addition to the economic field, Turkey wants to increase its anchorage in the continent through other sectors. On a diplomatic level, the country of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan intends to open other embassies in Africa. The military domain is not blacklisted.
A military base should be opened soon in Sudan after that of Somalia inaugurated last October.
Increase investments and relations with Africa
We must therefore fire any wood to strengthen these links. Through the multiplication of similar summits to create more mutually beneficial investment opportunities.
With the aim of capitalizing on this partnership, an economic forum of the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS ) is scheduled to take place on 22 and 23 February in Istanbul. In order to prepare well for the next Turkey-Africa summit planned in 2019.
Provided that these exchanges promote the establishment of sustainable and inclusive development mechanisms in Africa.