Sixth Int'l Turkey-Africa Congress meets in Istanbul

Seven sessions would be held in the two-day Turkey-Africa Congress in Cevahir Congress Center in Istanbul.

Sixth Int'l Turkey-Africa Congress meets in Istanbul

The 6th International Turkey-Africa Congress, organized by Turkish-Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM), started in Istanbul on Thursday.

The congress started with the subtitle, "Millenium Development Targets: Role of NGOs in development of Africa and Global Cooperation".

Speaking at the opening of the congress, TASAM Chairman Suleyman Sensoy said tangible projects should be taken up in Turkey-Africa relations, and underlined that success of Turkey's policies on Africa depended on strength of relations among the societies.

Sensoy said, "TASAM has been organizing Turkish-Africa Congress since Turkey announced 2005 as "Africa Year", adding the congresses would continue in a way to serve Turkey-Africa relations.

Sensoy said commercial relations between Turkey and Africa increased from 3 billion USD to 18 billion USD, "however, when economic potential is considered, 100 billion USD target is not a dream," he noted.

Sensoy said relations also improved in diplomatic area, underlining that, "Turkey plans to increase number of embassies, actually 12, in Africa to 30".

Alpha Oumar Konare, former President of Mali, in his address to the congress said important developments were recorded in the past five year.

Konare said diplomatic and economic relations improved and direct flights started between Turkey and African countries, "we have rooted relations and there are many African countries which Turkey shares the same belief and religion. However Africa and Turkey should know history and geography of each other. Informative programs should be carried out in schools. We may have problems if humanitarian relations fail to develop despite the developments in economic means," he added.

Konare said Africa was a very big continent and would reach to a 2 billion population in the next 30 years, "Africa is the new market of the world. We should see this," he said.

Seven sessions would be held in the two-day Turkey-Africa Congress in Cevahir Congress Center in Istanbul.

42 participants from 28 African countries attend the congress.


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