World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey and Sierra Leone on Tuesday penned an agreement for economic cooperation.
The agreement was signed in a ceremony in Istanbul with the participation of Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Sierra Leone's Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Konteh.
Speaking at the ceremony, Caglayan said the agreement laid the foundations to set up a joint economic commission that would help boost relations between the two countries as well as allow for cooperation in third countries.
Caglayan said Turkey expected Sierra Leone to support Ankara's bid for a temporary seat at the UN Security Council for 2015-2016 as well as the Turkish city of Izmir's candidacy to host Expo 2020.
Caglayan said the trade volume between Turkey and Sierra Leone reached $50 million in 2011 from $1.7 million in 1991, adding that the two countries aimed at bring up the figure to $100 million.
Konteh, on his part, said that the agreement constituted an important step for cooperation between private sectors of the two countries, adding that the agreement would also help Turkey enter markets in West Africa.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2012, 09:55