Africa – The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is now taking place in Istanbul under the auspices of the Turkish Republic’s Presidency. The two-day conference follows a high-level business roundtable on investment and trade that took place in October. The meeting will ensure that Turkey’s strategic ties with African countries are advanced to a new level.
The summit’s theme is “joint development and expanded collaboration for prosperity,” and Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, has stated that Turkey wants to help Africa succeed. “Our goal is to win alongside Africa and move together into the future.” On the margins of the event, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had a series of talks with leaders and top officials.
The connection between Africa and Turkey was established during the Istanbul Summit in 2008, when two result agreements, the Istanbul Declaration and the Framework for Cooperation, were adopted. The African Union’s current chair, Félix Tshisekedi, Senegal’s Macky Sall, Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo, representing Ecowas, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari were all in attendance.
The meeting, which will conclude on Saturday, December 18, was attended by leaders and top ministers from 39 countries, including 13 presidents.