Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum (TABEF), jointly organized online for the very first time by Turkish Ministry of Trade, the African Union and Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEiK), was opened on Thursday October 8, 2020 with the attendance of President of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Minister of Trade H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan (Former), Former Economic Affairs Commissioner of African Union Commission (AUC) H.E. Victor Harrison (Former), President of DEiK Mr. Nail Olpak and Coordinating Chairperson of DEiK/Turkey-Africa Business Councils Ms. Berna Gozbasi.
The global, digital-first and two-day Forum provided access to hot business topics discussed during 10 panel sessions, more than 50 high-level speakers, live networking among 2.500 participants (from Turkey and 81 countries (46 African countries) with 24.844 attendee interaction, G2B meetings and virtual exhibiting booths on October 8-9 2020. About 68.000 people watched the opening session of the Forum’s livestream on social media.
Top 5 sectors of the participant companies were Agro-Industry, Building & Infrastructure, Trade & Distribution, Manufacturing and Energy.
At the event, participants discussed post-pandemic economic relations between Turkey and Africa, as well as several other topics such as e-commerce, agriculture, health partnership, impact investment, Industrialization and free trade agreements. Furthermore, “Turkey-Africa Women Leadership Dialogue” was launched to create a platform for Turkish and African business women to talk about their experience in changing the face of business, share know-how and discuss about the cooperation areas and how to promote women-managed businesses and their access to finance.
In the scope of developing commercial and economic relations strategy with Africa, Turkey-Africa II. Economic and Business Forum, which is hosted by Ministry of Trade of Turkey with the coordination of African Union (AU) and which is organized by DEiK/Turkey-Africa Business Councils and with the “Investment on the Sustainable Future Together” main theme, was realized on October 10-11, 2018, in Istanbul.
To the event, which was honored by President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome, Republic of Rwanda President Edouard Ngirente, 26 Ministers from 43 African countries, 4 Deputy Ministers, members of parliament, Undersecretaries, Heads of Investment/ Export Support Agency and Ambassadors, including 245 official delegation members, 850 business persons from 47 African countries and 1,800 Turkish company representatives participated.
In the Forum, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Senegal and Tosyalı Holding and Trade and Investment Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding between Republic of Turkey Ministry of Trade and the African Union Commission and Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe Government were signed.
The Forum has continued with the G2B meetings in which the countries will make their presentations and with 3 three panels with the subjects of "Textile Industry Investment Opportunities and Fashion in Africa", "Cooperation Between Africa and Turkey In The Fields of Construction, Infrastructure and " and "Integration Efforts in Africa and Opportunities for Turkish Business World"
Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum jointly organized by Turkish Ministry of Economy, African Union Commission (AUC), and Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEiK) and with the contributions of Turkish Exports Assembly (TiM) was held under the auspices of President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Term Chairman of African Union, President of the Republic of Chad H.E. Idriss Déby Itno on 2-3 November 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.
50 top ranking officials (Economy, Trade, Investment and Finance Ministers and Deputy Ministers) of 42 African countries, chairs and presidents of Chambers, NGOs, business associations and professional organizations, senior representatives of African Union and African Development Bank and Secretary Generals of African Regional Economic Communities participated in the Forum, which brought together about 3.000 businesspeople and entrepreneurs from Turkey and 49 African countries.
The two day-business matching sessions provided a platform for the representatives of companies in various sectors to develop new partnerships besides matching the priority projects of the countries to the right companies with financing tools during simultaneously B2G (Business-to-Government) meetings.
The Agribusiness Forum held under the theme of “New Perspectives, New Hopes in Agriculture” on 27-28 April 2017 in Antalya brought together 48 Agriculture Ministers and 14 Deputy Ministers from 54 African countries, 46 representatives of international organizations, 184 bureaucrats and about 1.500 Turkish and African businesspersons.
Main outcome of the Forum is that Turkey-Africa Agricultural Cooperation Platform was decided to establish to develop a consultation mechanism with the participation of the representatives of both private and public sectors.
This platform would provide transfer of knowledge and technology to solve the issues such as R&D, aquaculture, animal husbandry and rural development.
The platform could also prepare sectoral reports and consultancies an action plan for contributing to increase the productivity and food security in Africa.
Another important result of the Forum is that Turkey would like to make Africa a production base for agriculture.
Turkey-ECOWAS Economic and Business Forum to Deepen Cooperation between Turkey and West Africa Within this regard, first Turkey-Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Economic and Business Forum was held in İstanbul on 22-23 February 2018 and brought together more than a thousand business people and ministers from Economic Community of West African States. The two-day event was organized by Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEiK) in coordination with Turkish Ministry of Economy and in cooperation with ECOWAS Commission to deepen economic cooperation between Turkey and ECOWAS.
Forum brought together Ministers of Trade/Economy from ECOWAS countries, Chairpersons of the Chambers of Industry and Trade and Business Associations as well as members of the Turkish and African business circles, media representatives from 15 countries in West Africa. The Ministers of ECOWAS member states Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Republic of Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo participated to the forum. Main theme of the forum was “Think together, act together and win together”.
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