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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Africa-Turkey Summit Renews Agribusiness

21 November 2014. Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Leaders of African countries and Turkey reviewed the
performance of the 1st Africa-Turkey partnership and to endorse projects and implementation modalities on priority areas for the coming five years.

African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz, who is the current chair of the African Union, President of Equatorial Guinea Theodore Obiang Ngoma and high officials of member countries attended the last session of the 2nd Africa-Turkey Partnership.

The 1st Africa-Turkey Partnership was held in August 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey. The summit evaluated and endorsed the “Joint Implementation Plan of Africa-Turkey Partnership 2015-2018,” featuring key areas of cooperation.

It also looked into and endorsed a “Matrix of Key Priority Projects of the Africa-Turkey Partnership 2015-2018″ with the aim of discussing the way forward on proposed key priority projects.

Some 200 business leaders, along with a delegation led by Erdogan attended the three-day summit in addition to a handful of African leaders.

Mauritania and Ethiopia – the AU’s outgoing chair – both attended this year’s summit, along with Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Libya, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt. Thirty-two other African countries attended the event as observers.
“A lot has happened since the 1st summit in August,” Dlamini-Zuma said, mentioning China’s outpacing of Japan as the world’s second economy and the global financial crisis. Seven out of ten fastest growing economies were in Africa while Africa has the fastest growing consumer class.”

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