#Turkey Sets Eye on #Africa, Partner #Angola

Turkish government is moving fast to widen its presence in Africa with Angola opening wide range of transportation partnership talk with Ankara.

Turkish transport ministry is offering open multi-modal transportation deals with Angola

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Turkish transport Minister said, “We are ready for institutional cooperation and experience sharing in all important areas, from railways to inner-city and extra-urban roads, from the development of ports and airports to management, in all matters that fall under the authority and duty of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, especially in developing the transportation infrastructure of Angola.” said.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu made the offer when he met with Angolan Transport Minister, Ricardo Viegas d’Abreu in his office.

He stated that he wholeheartedly believes that the forthcoming Angolan presidential visit, which is a first in the field of transportation and infrastructure, will contribute significantly to the relations between the countries, Karaismailoğlu said.

“The President of Angola, is to visit our country at the end of July, upon the invitation of our President.It is also important for us to come together before the visit. These visits will allow the current economic and cultural relations between our countries and peoples to progress at a speed never before possible.”

“We are ready to cooperate in every mode of transportation with Angola”

Noting that there are experienced and successful companies operating in the field of port management in other countries, Karaismailoğlu said, “We are ready to share knowledge and experience in this regard, and we support the cooperation of private sectors.”

Explaining that they were pleased to learn that Angolan has a comprehensive investment portfolio in the field of railway infrastructure, Karaismailoğlu said that Angola’s ports to the east and beyond, bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Namibia.

He emphasized that they would be pleased to have Turkish companies experienced in the international arena take part in the pre-construction and construction of very important railway projects that will provide connection.

Stating that they are ready to cooperate with Angola in every mode of transportation, Karaismailoğlu said, “On the Civil Aviation side, the agreements that Turkish Airlines will make with Angola are the agreements we will make on the Civil Aviation side.agreements will make an important contribution to our relations with Angola.

“A draft text on the Bilateral Air Transport Agreement has already been prepared to establish the legal basis for this. We expect the working groups to be agreed and finalized as soon as possible.”

“We stand by Angola with all our experience”

Explaining that Turkey attaches great importance to the development of its relations with African countries in the political, economic, commercial, social and cultural fields, Karaismailoğlu said: “In our relations with Angola, as our President has expressed at every opportunity.

‘As Turkey, we are committed to winning together in every country in which we exist. We act accordingly.’ Our country is ready to cooperate with the private sector, which has extensive experience in all areas that Angola, which is in the process of reform and restructuring, may need for the development of its infrastructure, in the African continent and in the world.”

Karaismailoğlu added that they are ready for institutional cooperation and experience sharing in all important areas, from railways to inner-city and extra-urban roads, from the development of ports and airports to their management, in all matters falling under the authority and duty of the Ministry.

“We want to cooperate more with Turkey”

d’Abreu also stated that Turkey, which is strong in the transportation sector, will continue to strengthen its infrastructure and said, “We want to cooperate with Turkey more. For this, the aviation industry is very important. We believe there is potential in this industry, and we want to develop it further.” he said.

Pointing out that one of the initiatives that is important to them is the railway, d’Abreu noted that Turkey has made large investments in the railway and that they want to increase their investments and cooperate in this sector.(Agency Report)

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