Turkey opens arms to Africa

by Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

CAPE TOWN-FOLLOWING an attempted coup earlier this year, Turkey has survived and is ready to do business with Africa.

This follows the signing of a hosting agreement for the organisation of the Africa–Turkey Economic and Business Forum, which is scheduled to take place on November 2 and 3, in Istanbul, Turkey.

The African Union noted that the agreement signed by Anthony Mothae Maruping, the Commissioner for Economic Affairs, and the Ambassador of Turkey accredited to the AU, Fatih Ulusoy, will see the forum deepening trade ties between Africa and Turkey.

With Turkey being a powerful global economic player, Africa has the opportunity to turn the tide towards economic prosperity.

And that is why Maruping is thanking the Ambassador for Turkey’s continuing co-operation extended to the African Union.

Maruping pointed out that the active participation of the private sector is one of the key pillars in pursuit of achieving the goal of economic transformation of Africa by way of strengthened productive capacities, enhanced competitiveness, diversification in all sectors and substantial value addition.

This would be reflected in accelerated and inclusive real economic growth with equity towards eradication of poverty and strong, resilient and sustainable socio-economic development.

He emphasised that Agenda 2063 is Africa’s vessel for delivering the SDGs plus much more, given its wider scope.

“For the realisation of the aspirations and goals in Agenda 2063, which is the socio-economic transformative blue print of the continent, it is imperative to actively engage the private sector, in addition to the public sector and civil society, which participated in the formulation of Agenda 2063. Logically all three are expected to collaboratively implement Agenda 2063’s First Ten Year Implementation Plan,” he said.

He welcomed the Africa–Turkey Economic and Business Forum as an opportunity to generate investment needed in Africa through fostering partnerships among entrepreneurs, saying increased investment is required to realize the goals of Agenda 2063.

The Ambassador of Turkey Fatih Ulusoy on his part has re-affirmed Turkey’s commitment to partnering with Africa in her development effort and “to do so following Africa’s lead.”

He emphasised that Turkey attaches great importance to this Forum as part of implementing the Africa–Turkey Partnership.

Ulusoy assured the Commissioner that “Turkish material and moral support to Africa will only grow from strength to strength.”