Turkish president says to expand trade with African countries

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey aimed to expand its trade volume with the African countries to $75 billion in the upcoming period.

Speaking at the Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum in Istanbul, Erdogan pointed out that the value Turkey’s investments across the continent has exceeded $6 billion.

“Our trade with the region increased to $25.3 billion by the end 2020 and our goal is to carry this figure to $50 billion first and then to $75 billion,’’ he said.

The Turkish leader had stressed that the African nations have been discovering Turkey’s potentials and opportunities, especially in the fields tourism, health, infrastructure and production.

The two-day forum, which began Thursday, lured around 3,000 African and Turkish businesspeople and over 30 ministers African countries, according to press reports.

The participants addressed diverse topics, including cooperation in various fields such as agriculture, pandemic, and financing.