The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit has taken place in Istanbul under the theme “Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity”.
The two-day summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, marks a new stage in Turkey’s relations with the African Union and African countries.
Some 16 African heads of state attended the summit, including Félix Tshisekedi, current chair of the African Union, Senegal’s Macky Sall, Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo, representing Ecowas, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
They were accompanied by 102 ministers, including 26 foreign ministers, from 39 countries.
The volume of bilateral trade between Turkey and Africa rose from $5.4bn in 2003 to $25.3bn in 2020.
Over the same period, Turkish foreign direct investment in the continent grew from $100m to $6.5bn, and Turkish companies have become increasingly present across Africa.
The main sectors for Turkish trade and investment are construction, steel and cement, followed by textiles, household goods and electronic devices.
In the educational field, Turkey has provided more than 14,000 African students graduate, post-graduate and doctorate scholarships, and runs 175 schools on the continent.