Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan was received by Vice-President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana in Accra, the second stop of his African tour also covering Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
Caglayan said during the audience that it was the first visit on ministerial level from Turkey to Ghana in a decade.
“Turkey wants to support Ghana’s efforts to become an industrialized country and develop its trade. Also, Turkish contractors wants to take part in investments in Ghana. Turkey has become the world’s 15th biggest economy with its investments and its economic program,” he said.
The Turkish minister conveyed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation to Vice-President Mahama to pay a visit to Turkey.
Vice-President Mahama of Ghana said that Turkey was a unique country with its historical and cultural assets which bridged the continents of Europe and Asia.
He said that launch of direct flights between Turkey and Ghana would add momentum to the bilateral relations.
Mahama added that the first meeting of Turkey-Ghana Joint Economic Commission would be held in January.
Earlier in the day, Caglayan visited the Galaxy International School built by Turkish businessmen.
Caglayan is set to attend Ghana-Turkey Business Forum later in the day.
A delegation of nearly 115 businessmen, public sector officials and journalists is accompanying Caglayan during his five-day visit aiming at promoting Turkey’s export goods, increasing share of Turkish exporters in African markets and improving Turkey’s investment and cooperation opportunities with those countries.
Caglayan attended the Business Forum and met with Nigerian officials in Nigeria on Monday.