President of Turkey arrives for official visit


Accra, March 01, GNA – The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrived in Accra last night, to begin a two-day official visit.

While in Ghana, President Erdogan is expected to address the Parliament of Ghana and attend a State Luncheon to be held in his honor by President John Dramani Mahama.

President Erdogan would also join President Mahama to cut the sod for the official commencement of work on a new terminal building at the Kotoka International Airport.

The visit follows a 2013 visit to Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey by President Mahama.

President Erdogan was met on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport by Vice President Amissah Arthur and a large number of state dignitaries.

Mr Erdogan, born in February 1954, assumed office as the 12th President of his country on 28th August 2014.

A British Broadcasting Corporation profile described him as: ‘The country’s first elected president who has been at the forefront of Turkish politics for more than a decade.’

President Erdogan is said to be exceptionally charismatic’ and is recognised for advancing the economic and political progress of Turkey.

The Middle-East country is located between South Eastern Europe and South Western Asia.

Turkey’s more than 79 million people consist mainly of Turks; with Kurds being in the minority; and other nationals. The population is predominantly of the Muslims faith.

The country operates a largely-free market economy driven by its industry, service and agricultural sectors.

Turkey has booming automotive, petrochemical, electronics and textile businesses, though traditional agriculture employs about 25 per cent of the population.

The World Fact Book of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) put Turkey’s 2015 GDP purchasing parity at $9.576 trillion.

Turkey opened its Embassy in Accra in February 2010, following the commitment on both sides to deepen bilateral links.

Since then, according to an official report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, several agreements have been signed.

These include: a Framework Agreement on Military Cooperation, an Agreement on Cooperation in the Fields of Health and Medical Sciences, an Agreement on Bilateral Air Services, an Agreement on the Mutual Abolition of Visas for Holders of Diplomatic Passports, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a Political Consultation Mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries have been signed.

The Ghana-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Association was formed on 21 March 2011 within the Ghanaian Parliament.

The Ministry has said the commercial relations between Turkey and Ghana were progressing on a path.

The bilateral trade volume, which amounted to 175 million USD in 2009, reached 290 million USD in 2010.

Thus, Ghana has become Turkey’s third largest trade partner in Sub-Saharan Africa (after the Republic of South Africa and Nigeria), the Ministry’s report has said.


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