Dakar, 22 February 2022 (TDI): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on an official visit to Senegal. He met with Senegal President Macky Sall and discussed both countries’ bilateral relations. Turkish President also attended the Turkiye-Senegal Business Forum.

Meeting between Turkish and Senegal President

During a joint press conference with his Senegalese colleague Macky Sall, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated, “We will continue to improve our relations with African countries based on sincerity and solidarity.”

Erdogan remarked that the Istanbul Declaration, Action Plan, and Joint Implementation Report adopted during the 3rd Turkiye-Africa Partnership Summit laid out a road map for Turkish-African ties for 2022-2026.

“During our talks with my treasured brother, we covered all aspects of Turkiye-Senegal ties,” he stated. “In every area, we discussed ideas on how we may improve our connections. We pleasantly noted once more that we share the same desire to enhance our partnership.”

The Turkish President also announced that he would attend the Dakar Olympic Stadium’s official ceremony on Wednesday, which Turkish entrepreneurs built. Erdogan and Sall signed five agreements, one of which was a security deal.

Macky Sall complimented Turkish firms that have begun various investment projects in the nation. He said that investment between the two countries should grow even more. He also expressed gratitude to Erdogan for his support and interest in Senegalese footballers in Turkiye.

The policy of ‘Strategic Africa

As connections between Turkey and Africa have revived due to the country’s “Strategic Africa” strategy, Turkish enterprises have completed more than 1,150 projects throughout the continent worth about $70 billion as of last year.

Türkiye’s investments in Africa totaled more than $6 billion. Its international trade volume with Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 24.8 percent year on year in 2021, reaching a new high of $10.7 billion.

Turkish exports to the area increased by 31% to $7.9 billion in the same time. And imports increased by 10% to $2.8 billion.