Turkey, Tanzania ink deals to boost trade, development

On Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit, agreements also signed in the areas of defense, health, and education

Turkey, Tanzania ink deals to boost trade, development

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey and Tanzania Monday signed nine agreements in defense, economic development, and health on the first stop of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Southeast African tour.

Erdogan, accompanied by several Turkish officials, met his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli at the country's Presidential Palace.

At a joint press conference after the signing ceremony, Magufuli thanked the Turkish president and said the agreements will strengthen the development of both countries.

Erdogan said the bilateral and inter-delegations meetings were "fruitful" for both Turkey and Tanzania.

"We have seen a very serious potential for cooperation between the two countries," Erdogan said, and added:

"We will further deepen our cooperation with the new projects in the economy, trade, tourism, agriculture, railways, industry, and construction, and the agreements we have signed clearly demonstrate our determination in this direction."

Pointing ahead to addressing businesspeople of both countries at a Turkey-Tanzania business forum with Magufuli, Erdogan said Turkey seeks to boost investments to contribute to Tanzania’s development.

"We believe that we have to increase our bilateral trade volume, which is below $150 million, to higher levels," he said.

"We agreed during bilateral negotiations that we have to increase this goal first to $250 million and then to $500 million. The progress we have made in recent years shows that these figures are reachable."

Magufuli said that Turkish investors have employed more than 2,000 people in Tanzania.

Saying that Tanzania is an agricultural country like Turkey and that there are many steps to be taken in this area, Magufuli added they also want to learn from Turkey's technology.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ocak 2017, 21:25