Turkey-Africa discuss socio-economic development

ISTANBUL, Turkey—African Union member states and the government of Turkey are holding the Second Turkey-Africa Ministerial Review Conference  taking place Monday 12 February 2018 in İstanbul.

The object of the conference is to review the preparations for the Third Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2019 as well as review the progress achieved with regard to the partnership and discuss steps that can be taken in order to strengthen the cooperation between Africa and Turkey. 

The conference’s desired output is to consolidate and streamline partnership between Africa and Turkey with focus on socio-economic development, equality and mutual benefit.

The Conference is also symbolic in the sense that, it coincides with the 10th Anniversary of the African Union Summit of 2008 in which Turkey was declared a strategic partner of the African Union. In that sense, the Ministers taking into account the importance of the anniversary will see how they can combine their efforts to further expand Africa-Turkey Partnership at all levels and in all fields based on equality and mutual benefit. 

Those expected to attend include a large number of African Union member states, including the representatives of Rwanda, Guinea, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, Senegal, Libya, South Africa, Uganda, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Togo, Gabon and Chad, and representatives of the African Union Commission. Djibouti, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania would be invited by Turkey as observers.