Ruhsar pekcan

Welcome Letter

"Invest in a Sustainable Future Together: Turkey and Africa"
H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan, Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey

Turkey’s long term companionship with Africa on the win-win basis and the attainment of Africa rising vision hinging on the motto of “African issues need African solutions” would form a meaningful cooperation by combining Turkish know-how with African resources.

The Forum will provide a platform for the business circles from African countries to meet with their Turkish counterparts to develop new partnerships which aims to build together, produce together, sell what’s produced together and share the profit.

Victor harison

H.E. Prof. Victor HARISON Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission

Through promoting multilateralism, the African Union is rapidly increasing its partnerships with global regional and leading country partners, while simultaneously developing and promoting strategic sector plans for inclusive and catalytic growth in important economic areas such as: agriculture, Construction, infrastructure, Tourism and manufacturing. At the same time, the continent’s ultimate policy making body is also becoming more of an advocate for private sector growth and seeking to pursue greater public-private sector collaboration and to stimulate increased intra-African trade and investment.

To support these efforts, this Second Africa-Turkey Economic and Business Forum is intended to serve as a useful business and investment linkages for both public sector policy-makers and private sector in Africa, as well as turkey. The aim is to promote and strengthen collaboration and existing opportunities in Africa and Turkey and make available a platform for government representatives, investors, private sector representatives, and financial institutions from Turkey and Africa to explore investment and business opportunities in both sides. I therefore welcome you all to this important event which we are positive and without any doubt will enhance investments opportunities across Africa and Turkey.

Forum by Numbers

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Highlight 1
“We are keen on cooperating with every country in Africa for a sustainable development”

Consultation Meeting on Turkey-Africa Trade and Economic Relations

Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan hosted a luncheon for diplomatic missions from African countries to extend appreciation for their continued support, and to promote the upcoming event of Turkey-Africa II. Economic and Business Forum in Ankara on Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Highlight 2
“Africa remains a very important market for Turkey and many of Africa's 54 individual markets in Africa are growing fast”

Gala Dinner of the 10th Ambassadors Conference

Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan delivered remarks at gala dinner co-organized by DEiK and TiM with the participation of Turkish Ambassadors, Chairpersons of Business Councils and Exporters’ Associations on the occasion of 10th Ambassadors Conference under the theme “Enterprising and Humanitarian Foreign Policy in the Presidential System of Government” in Ankara on Wednesday 15 August 2018.

Highlight 3
“There is US$6.7M private sector investment from Turkey in Zambia but trade volumes can be boosted through contacts and communication to increase trade relations between the two countries”

Zambia-Turkey Investment Roundtable Meeting

On the occasion of Turkish President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to Zambia, DEiK and ZDA (Zambia Development Agency) co-organized Zambia-Turkey Investment Roundtable Meeting chaired by Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Zambia H.E. Christopher Yaluma and Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan with the participation of the representatives of leading companies in both countries in Lusaka on 28 July 2018.

Highlight 4
“What Africa needs is not new guardians or new colonialism enthusiasts that seek to usurp the continent’s resources through different methods. What our African brothers and sisters have been missing for years is true friends that respect their history, culture and language. As Turkey, we want to be a true friend and a longtime companion of Africa.”

Zambia-Turkey Investment Roundtable Meeting

On the occasion of 10th BRICS Summit, Turkish President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed South African and Turkish business people at South Africa-Turkey Networking Dinner co-organized DEiK, MUSIAD and BLSA (Business Leadership South Africa) co-organized in Johannesburg on 27 July 2018.

Turkey—Africa II. Economic And Business Forum

10-11 October 2018 | İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Programme

G2B Meetings

(Wednesday, 10 October 2018)

G2B Meetings

(Thursday, 11 October 2018)

Special Thanks

Main Sponsor
  • Tosyali holding
Gala Sponsors
  • Doganlar
  • Summa
  • Karadeniz holding
  • Yapi merkezi
  • Yenigun
  • Eroglu
  • Defy beko
  • Aksa
  • Tay group
  • Aktifbank
  • Dorce
  • Best
  • Cantek
  • Eximbank
Media Sponsors
  • Sabah atv
National Carrier
  • Thy


For Official Delegations:

Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of Turkey
Directorate General of Agreements, African Countries Department

Tel: +90 312 204 90 86 | Fax: +90 312 204 86 34
E-mail: | Web:

For Business Delegations:

Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEiK)

Tel: +90 212 339 50 61/51/32 | Fax: +90 212 270 30 92
E-Mail: | Web:

Forum Venue:

İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC
Location : Harbiye / Istanbul / Turkey

Date : 10 - 11 October 2018
Map: Google Location