Turkish Ambassador to Zambia H.E. Sebnem Incesu has been accredited as Special Representative of Turkey to COMESA. This followed her presentation of the Letter of Credence to the Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya in Lusaka, Monday 24th April 2017.
During the brief ceremony at the COMESA Secretariat, Ambassador Insesu pledged to continue deepening the warm relations that currently exist between Turkey and the regional bloc.
Secretary General highlighted some of the major developments spearheaded by Turkey in the continent including the signing of trade and economic cooperation agreements with 38 African countries and establishing business councils with 19 sub-Saharan African countries.
“COMESA will soon be signing a MoU with the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey during the Turkey-Africa Ministers of Agriculture meeting in Antalya planned for 27 to 28th April this year,” Mr Ngwenya added.
He said that Turkey’s open policy to Africa dates back to the Action Plan adopted in 1998. Since then key milestones have been achieved regarding strengthening cooperation. Two Turkey-Africa cooperation summits have been held and the third one is expected in 2019. The total Turkish investment in Africa is estimated at US$6.2 billion while bilateral trade was at US$17.5 billion in 2015.
Turkey has also accredited five special representatives in different Regional Economic Communities namely the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and now COMESA.
Turkish Airlines has also become a major international airline connecting the African continent to the world with flights to 48 destinations in 31 countries.