With our Government’s decision to re-establish a resident Embassy in Accra and the subsequent opening of our Embassy in Accra as of 1 February 2010, we are witnessing an important intensification in bilateral political relations between Ghana and Turkey.
In this framework, the official visit paid to Ghana by our President, H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül, on 23-24 March 2011, has constituted the first visit ever realized at this level between the two countries. On the occasion of the said visit, 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.
Parliamentary relations between Turkey and Ghana are also developing. The Ghana-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Association was formed on 21 March 2011 within the Ghanaian Parliament. H.E. the President of Turkey has addressed the Parliament of Ghana in March 2011 during his official visit. This was the first time ever that a Turkish President addressed a Parliament in a Sub-Saharan African country.
Ghana participated in the First Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit with a delegation led by H.E. Akwasi Osei-Adjei, the then Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Commercial relations between Turkey and Ghana are following a dynamic path. Indeed, 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).
Another important event likely to enhance economic, commercial and people-to-people ties between Turkey and Ghana is the establishment of direct flights by Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Accra via Lagos as of 15 July 2011.
Minister of State H.E. Mr. Zafer Çağlayan paid a working visit to Accra on 13-15 December 2010. The Minister was accompanied by a delegation composed of nearly 100 Turkish businessmen.
Following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Council of Foreign Economic Relations (DEİK) of Turkey and the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 30 July 2010, the Turkey-Ghana Business Council was officially established during President Gül’s official visit to Ghana.