Relations between Turkey and Ghana

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Ghana was established in 1958 following the independence of Ghana. Turkish Embassy in Accra first was opened in 1964 but closed due to austerity measures in 1981 and re-opened on 1st February 2010. Embassy of the Republic of Ghana was opened in Ankara in 2012, respectively.

The Presidential visits paid by our former President H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül on 23-24 March 2011 to Ghana and by former President of the Republic of Ghana H.E. John Dramani Mahama on 21-24 January 2013 to Turkey, have paved the way for further enhancement and strengthening of the relations.

H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Ghana between 29 February and 1 March 2016 created a new milestone in bilateral relations. During that visit, a Business Forum was held with the participation of 150 Turkish businessmen and their Ghanaian counterparts. Lastly, H.E. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic Ghana paid an official visit to Turkey between 11-14 January 2020.

Turkey and Ghana enjoy close and cordial relations as development partners. Turkish companies have been operating mainly on energy and construction sectors in Ghana.

The bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Ghana which amounted to 399,5 million USD in 2015, reached 478,9 million USD in 2016. As of 2018, trade volume is 353,3 million USD between two countries. Turkey exports mainly cement, pasta, insulated cables and wires, flour, iron and steel products, chemical fertilizers to Ghana. Turkish imports include mainly gold, cocoa and cocoa products and cotton.

Joint Economic Commission has convened four times so far. The last meeting of the Comission was held on 14-16 April 2014 in Accra. Thanks to the efforts of the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board and several chambers of commerce and industry in Turkey in cooperation with their Ghanaian counterparts, mutual visits of the business people have enabled progress in bilateral trade and business relations.

Turkey is providing development assistance through Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency to Ghana in various domains.

Turkish Airlines flies to Accra 7 times a week.

Since 1992, government of Turkey grants scholarships to Ghanaian students.