Turkey in Africa – Issue 2


DRC-Turkey: Tshisekedi to Meet with Erdogan in Early May

During a three-day state visit to Turkey in early May, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as with business leaders. To prepare her, Thierry Tshisekedi, his brother, and Lokman Sever, a Belgian Turkish businessman he has known for thirty years and who is also close to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, are at work.


Tosyalı’s Investment in Africa

Tosyalı Holding Chairman Fuat Tosyalı announced that they will invest more in Africa after Algeria and Senegal. Tosyalı Holding is ready for new investments in order to strengthen its presence in the African continent. Speaking at Forbes magazine, Fuat Tosyalı, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tosyalı Holding said: “We can deliver the goods we produce in Iskenderun to the east of Africa through the Suez Canal. Thanks to our factories in Oran, Algeria, we can pass through Europe and the Strait of Gibraltar to the west of Africa. Now we are going to invest more in two countries on the continent.


Turkish Foreign Ministry Denies News About the Possibility of Repealing the Agreement with The Sudan on The “Suakin Island”

“Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) is restoring the artifacts from the Ottoman period in Suakin Island, Sudan. The news about the issue has nothing to do with the truth,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said.Some media outlets, especially Arab media, had alleged that the agreement on Suakin Island between Sudan and Turkey could be cancelled.Turkey has promised to rebuild the island which the Ottoman Empire used as a port to secure access to what was then called the Hejaz province—now western Saudi Arabia—from invaders coming from the Red Sea.


Tanzania National Day Celebrated in Ankara

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli attended the reception held at the Hilton Hotel due to the Tanzania National Day. Turkey’s historical ties with Tanzania, which is the Pakdemirli stressed that as an important partner in Africa, said they closely followed by Tanzania’s economic development efforts. Pakdemirli, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Tanzania in 2017, stressing that give a new impetus to relations between the two countries, Tanzania, the same year expressed their satisfaction with the open embassy in Turkey.

Last year, the total trade volume between Turkey and Tanzania that transfers of about 266 million dollars recorded in Pakdemirli found the following assessment: “These figures do not reflect the actual potential. We must strive together to reveal the true potential of our countries. Our companies’ interest in Tanzania has increased dramatically in recent years. We are very pleased that our business people have taken important projects in the area of special infrastructure in Tanzania. We are ready to share our knowledge and experience with our Tanzanian friends for the development of your country.”

Pakdemirli pointed out that the distance between the two countries is more than 5 thousand kilometers and shortened this distance with the flights of Turkish Airlines (THY), Dar es Salaam, Klimanjaro and Zanzibar, and the reduction of the distances provided for facilitating human contacts, trade and investments.

An important bridge saw Pointing out Pakdemirli between the two cultures of Tanzanian students studying in Turkey, students, is the driving force of bilateral relations and the extent of facilities said they wanted to increase the number of these young people.



Center for Africa Studies (AFRAM) which located in Ankara, is an organization facilitating under the administration of African Affairs Council (AFAC). It makes various researches about Africa to enhance economic and cultural bounds between Africa and Turkey. AFRAM’s publishings has been shared with different institutions as they require to obtain.


Africa Observatory is one the publishing of AFRAM and it has been published each two weeks. It has been delivered to different institutions via e-mail.

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