A fifteen-member business delegation from Turkey, led by the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency, Nesrin Bayazıt, have paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi.
The visit, which coincided with the marking of ‘Awukudae,’ was to reaffirm the commitment of Turkish businesses to partner and work with local companies in the country, particularly businesses in the Ashanti region.
There has been a growing multilateral cooperation between Turkey and Africa which has resulted in the recently held ‘Turkey-Africa Business and Economic Forum’, in Istanbul.
The event, which is the second, after a similar one in 2016, deepens Turkey’s African opening policy to improve their commercial and investment relations with African countries.
To realise this objective, the Chairman of the Turkey Ghana Business Council, of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEiK), Turan Koçyiğit, said they aim to at least double Turkey’s trade record with Ghana, of about $500 million achieved in 2016, to $1 billion.
Ghana is among five countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Egypt that have been listed as the top priority of DEiK for 2018, while it also is ranked 11th on the list of African countries trading with Turkey.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, speaking through his linguist at the Palace, welcomed the decision to engage local businesses in the region, particularly at the time the government is embarking on an industrialization drive with its flagship ‘One District One Factory’ programme.
He observed that as he is about to mark his 20th anniversary, it would be fulfilling to realize ‘compelling’ business growth within the region and beyond.
Among a host of local entrepreneurs who participated in the discussions was the Chief Executive of Uni-Jay Company Limited, Mrs. Janet Abobigu as well as several key members of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), in the Region.
Some of the local businesses in an interaction after the event expressed satisfaction of having the opportunity to directly engage potential business partners unlike in other instances where business deals are brokered through third-parties.