Turkey has long-standing historical and cultural relations with the African continent, dating back centuries. And, relations with Africa constitute one of the prime orientations of Turkish foreign policy.

Turkey-Africa relations have gained a substantial momentum since the declaration of Turkey as a strategic partner of the Continent by the African Union in January 2008. Turkey has given further boost to its Africa policy as of 2013. Also in 2014, Turkey Africa Cooperation Summit has been done in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Turkey’s decade-long economic boom has been accompanied by a renewed interest in Africa and the trade volume with the Continent has been tripled to 16.7 billion USD in 2016 compared to 5.4 billion USD in 2003.

Turkey’s “win-win" approach towards Africa has culminated in this burgeoning relation between parties. This policy focuses on political equality, transparency, sustainability and mutual economic development rather than creating new relations of dependence, tutelage and exploitation.

Previous Major Events

Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum

Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum jointly organized by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy, African Union Commission (AUC), and Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) and with the contributions of Turkish Exports Assembly (TIM) was held under the auspices of President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Term Chairman of African Union, President of the Republic of Chad H.E. Idriss Déby Itno on 2-3 November 2016 in Istanbul.

50 top ranking officials (Economy, Trade, Investment and Finance Ministers and Deputy Ministers) of 42 African countries, chairs and presidents of Chambers, NGOs, business associations and professional organizations, senior representatives of African Union and African Development Bank and Secretary Generals of African Regional Economic Communities participated in the Forum, which brought together about 3.000 businesspeople and entrepreneurs from Turkey and 49 African countries.

The two day-business matching sessions provided a platform for the representatives of companies in various sectors to develop new partnerships besides matching the priority projects of the countries to the right companies with financing tools during simultaneously B2G (Business-to-Government) meetings.


Turkey-Africa 1st Agriculture Ministers Meeting and Agribusiness Forum

The Forum held on 27-28 April 2017 in Antalya brought together 48 Agriculture Ministers and 14 Deputy Ministers from 54 African countries, 46 representatives of international organizations, 184 bureaucrats and about 1.500 Turkish and African businesspersons.

Main outcome of the Forum is that Turkey-Africa Agricultural Cooperation Platform was decided to establish to develop a consultation mechanism with the participation of the representatives of both private and public sectors.

This platform would provide transfer of knowledge and technology to solve the issues such as R&D, aquaculture, animal husbandry and rural development.

The platform could also prepare sectoral reports and consultancies an action plan for contributing to increase the productivity and food security in Africa.

Another important result of the Forum is that Turkey would like to make Africa a production base for agriculture.


Opening Session

Representatives from the public sector and presidents of prominent regional financial and development organizations will delineate the current situation of Turkey-Africa relations and possibilities for improvement.

Ministerial Sessions

Industry, Trade and Economy Ministers from ECOWAS Member States will discuss the main theme of “Deepening Economic Partnership between Turkey and ECOWAS Members” and declaration will be announced.

Thematic Session

Representatives of International Institutions and Development Banks will discuss project financing opportunities and financing trade in ECOWAS Region.

B2B & G2B Meetings

For direct contact with your future partners: Turkish, regional and international economic players, investors and manufacturers.

Business People from both Africa and Turkey will have a chance to conduct face-to-face meetings and develop new business ties.

G2B meetings will bring together the most compelling companies with high level authorities and representatives of major financial institutions to cooperate on the nations’ priority investment projects.

Site visits will be also arranged to observe manufacturing and workflow process.


  • Introduce your company and your projects, products and services,
  • Establish relationships with Turkish Investors from major global economic areas,
  • Engage with International Media and Businesses,
  • Unique opportunities to boost contacts with Economic player.




G2B Meetings





30 Speakers

Congress Speakers

H.E. Nihat Zeybekci

H.E. Nihat Zeybekci

Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey
H.E. Marcel A. De Souza

H.E. Marcel A. De Souza

President of the ECOWAS Commission
H.E. Mr. Kalilou Traore

H.E. Mr. Kalilou Traore

ECOWAS Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector
Mr. Nail Olpak

Mr. Nail Olpak

President of Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)


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