By Nestor Nga Etoga, US Africa News. Updated 2014-11-27
Erastus Mwencha, African Union deputy chairperson, affirms that more efforts are underway to boost cooperation between Turkey and Africa.
“Much has been achieved, but much remains to be done,” Mwencha declared on Friday, November 21, referring to work done on projects agreed on in 2008, at the first Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit, in Anadolu. Mwencha made his remarks at the second Cooperation Summit, held this year in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, from November 19-21.
In response to the question on the degree of realization of the plans and objectives since 2008, Mwencha noted, “it is for this reason that we have reunited here at this summit in order to re-launch the projects in the sectors in which the potential has not been completely leveraged.”
The deputy chairperson specified that “we are seeking more investment, notably in the manufacturing sector. He added, “We are satisfied with the progress that has been made in the cultural and diplomatic sectors: as you can see, Africa has numerous ambassadors to Ankara, and Turkey equally has many representatives in Africa. We see Turkish Airlines [serving African airports]. We see the increased volume of commerce. Even further, we wish to concentrate on the added value of industrial manufacturing. Turkey has the necessary means; a large community of businessmen capable of investing in large factories in Africa to create employment for Africans
The theme of the second Summit was “A New Model of Partnership for the Strengthening of Sustainable Development and Integration.” The heads of State and Government have formally approved the declaration drafted by the ministers of the participating countries aimed at furthering Turkish-African cooperation. Mwencha suggested that, to this end, Turkey could play a role in consolidating peace and reinforcing security in Africa, two themes that Turkey has identified as “priorities” in in its partnership with the continent.