Erdoğan arrives in Tunisia on last leg of Africa tour
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday for a one-day visit aimed at deepening bilateral ties.
Erdoğan was welcomed by Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, Special Representative of the President Lazhar Karoui Chebbi, Tunisia’s ambassador to Ankara Faycal Ben Mustapha and Turkey's Ambassador to Tunisia Omer Faruk Dogan at Tunis-Carthage International Airport in the capital.
The president’s visit to Tunisia is the last stop on a three-nation African tour preceded by Sudan and Chad.
Erdoğan is accompanied by a large delegation including his wife Emine Erdogan, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Energy and National Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, Agriculture Minister Ahmet Esref Fakibaba, Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Finance Minister Naci Agbal, National Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli and Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan.
During the trip, Erdoğan is due to hold meetings with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi followed by a press conference.
His visit will be dominated by one-on-one meetings, including with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and the signing of a number of agreements to strengthen economic partnerships.
Erdoğan arrives in Chad to boost bilateral ties
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in the central African nation of Chad on Tuesday for a one-day visit aimed at deepening ties between the two countries.Erdoğan was welcomed at the airport in the capital N'Djamena by Chad’s President Idriss Deby and members of his Cabinet.Erdoğan’s visit to Chad is the second stop on a three-nation African tour, preceded by Sudan and followed by Tunisia.Erdoğan is accompanied by a large delegation, including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, National Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Agriculture Minister Ahmet Esref Fakibaba, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, and a delegation of some 150 Turkish businesspeople.The visit, the first-ever by a Turkish president in Chad, will be dominated by business forums to discuss investment and the signing of a number of agreements to strengthen existing economic partnerships.During the trip, Erdoğan is due to hold meetings with his counterpart Deby, followed by a press conference.Chad presents opportunities for Turkish investors in construction, agriculture, food processing and storage, animal products processing, textiles, machinery and energy, according to Turkey’s Economy Ministry.Chad also has rich gold, uranium, and oil reserves.Turkey's imports from Chad in the first 10 months of 2017 totaled $26.9 million, while exports stood at $14.9 million, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).The main hurdles for investors in Chad are inadequate energy and costly transportation infrastructure, weak institutions, and corruption.
Chad decorates streets with Turkish flags ahead of Erdoğan’s visit
The streets of Chad’s capital N'Djamena have been adorned with Turkish and Chadian national flags before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to the city on Tuesday.Security measures have been strengthened in the city due to Erdoğan’s upcoming visit.Meanwhile, representatives from the Turkish non-governmental organizations in Chad, and around 200 Turkish-origin Chadians, whose origins date back to the Ottoman Empire, are waiting to welcome President Erdoğan, under the leadership of the Turkish Maarif Foundation (TMV).Chadians consider Erdoğan as the leader of the Muslim world due to his support to the oppressed and Muslims.Erdoğan visits Ottoman sites on Sudanese islandTurkey remains committed to back Sudan: ErdoğanErdoğan calls for more Turkish investment in Sudan
Turkey, Sudan could begin trade in local currencies
Turkey's economy minister on Monday suggested conducting trade with Sudan using domestic currencies as a way to boost bilateral commerce.Turkey and Sudan could build a system that provides an opportunity to use domestic currencies in return for exporting to each other, Nihat Zeybekci told the Sudan-Turkey Business Forum held as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Sudan.He said that two countries had taken considerable steps for the future through signing a high-level strategic cooperation agreement.Businesspeople's problems in a number of areas such as banking and transactions require mutual solutions, he added."We signed an economic cooperation agreement and put our two countries on the track of free trade," Zeybekci said.The two countries soon will set targets and draw up a roadmap together, he stressed, adding "I think we will solve a number of problems when we meet again".Galeri: Erdoğan visits Sudan's KhartoumHe underlined that Sudan had a great need for infrastructure investments, while Turkey needed several agricultural products grown in Sudan.Turkey's commercial counsellor in capital Khartoum will take office within 10 days in order to promote bilateral trade ties, he said.He added that Turkey and Sudan's economic relations should be high level and based on a win-win situation.Abdullatif Ahmed Mohamed Ijaimi, Sudan's agriculture minister, said early Monday: "We are looking for a strategic relationship between the two countries in various aspects and various fields of economic and social development."In 2014, Turkey and Sudan signed an agreement that aims to rationalize the use of resources and agricultural potential and contribute to sustainable food objectives.Under the agreement, around 780,000 hectares across five regions were earmarked for investment by Turkish entrepreneurs.Today is the last day of Erdoğan's two-day visit to Sudan. Tomorrow he is due to proceed to Chad and then Tunisia.