19 November 2014, Speech by Ambassador Ali Kemal Aydın, Deputy Undersecretary, MFA Turkey

Address by H.E. Ambassador Ali Kemal Aydın,
Deputy Undersecretary for African Affairs,
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
Malabo, 19 November 2014

Distinguished Senior Officials,
Dear Colleagues
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for us to be here and welcome you all to II. Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, organized under the motto of “A New Model of Partnership for Strengthening of Sustainable Development and Integration”.

At the outset, I would like to commend the guiding leadership that Mauritania has showed as the chair of the African Union during the course of 2014.

I would also like to praise and compliment the tireless efforts of the senior officials and technocrats of the African Union during their own deliberations as well as during our bilateral meetings in the preparation of II.Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit.

Last but not least, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality that have been extended to us by our host, authorities and people of Equatorial Guinea since our arrival in this beautiful city Malabo.

I believe that we will conduct useful exchange of ideas and achieve fruitful results and pave the way for the adoption tomorrow by our Foreign Ministers of the “Malabo Declaration on Africa-Turkey Partnership” as well as the “Joint Implementation Plan of Africa-Turkey Partnership 2015-2018.

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

In today’s world, incidents which occur in one part of the world have the potential to produce effects on a global scale. As we are all aware, globalization has advantages, but at the same time disadvantages as well.

The Ebola outbreak is a recent example, started in West Africa but quickly became a global phenomenon. It did not respect any border. On the other hand, global response to contain the spill over and readiness to stand by the affected countries are also thanks to the globalization. These two results in just one case show very well that globalization has become a part of our daily lives.

It is also in our interactions. In other words, globalization facilitates international relations in a manner that cannot be controlled easily. In the world today not only the countries and peoples in the same continent, but countries and peoples all around the world can contact each other and enter into relations easily.

Despite the fact that they are located in different continents, Turkey and African countries were never distant from each other in the sense of taking care one another. Historical and cultural bonds bind their past and today. It is, first and foremost, the expression and the natural result of the firm feelings of friendship and partnership between Turkish and African peoples. Thanks to the globalization they are now more determined to stay together and consolidate their growing ties.

Bearing this fact in mind, Turkey considers its strategic partnership with Africa to be a partnership based on equality, fraternity, mutual respect and benefit, in other words as a true and genuine relationship between reliable partners.

I am confident that the common work which we shall carry out all together in the years ahead as outlined in the Joint Implementation Plan, will further expand and solidify this partnership.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our discussions in the coming two days, we believe, will usher in a new period in Turkey-Africa Partnership. As a true partner of Africa, we are fully aware of African priorities. Therefore, we have done our utmost together with African colleagues to reflect our common aspiration for a new and enhanced partnership through concrete projects in various areas in the documents that will be adopted by the Summit.

We plan to continue our meetings at the technical level in the coming period. To this end, we will invite Senior Officials to Turkey immediately after the Summit in order to exchange views on the Matrix which contain projects in priority areas of cooperation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me reiterate once more that we strongly support the efforts of the African Union, regional economic communities and of African countries towards stability, development and prosperity. Turkey is determined to work with African nations as a friend and a partner: A friend and a partner for regional cooperation, peace and sustainable development.

We see enormous potential between Turkey and Africa and we would like to simply transform this potential into a constructive synergy, to increase our fruitful cooperation with concrete partnership projects.

Taking into consideration the actual needs of the African countries, Turkey gives priority to the projects on agriculture, agribusiness, rural development and water resources management, the development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, civil defense, security, health, struggle against malnutrition, communicable and epidemic diseases, efficient transportation networks, energy and mineral resources exploration and evaluation, education, science and technology, youth and women activities, sports and cultural exchange programs.

We are convinced that a new set of opportunities for further cooperation between two sides will emerge following this Summit.

With these thoughts in mind, I would like to wish for a fruitful and successful meeting.

Thank you.