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Relations between Turkey and Niger

Relations between Turkey and Niger

Turkey established diplomatic relations with Niger in 1966. In the framework of its Policy of Opening Up to Africa, Turkey opened its Embassy in Niamey on 3 January 2012. The Embassy of Niger was opened in Ankara in September 2012. Niger has Honorary Consulates in Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa and Antalya. There exists important potential for mutual cooperation stemming from close ties rooted in history. Both countries share the common will to promote bilateral relations in every possible field.

Since the opening of the Turkish Embassy, several visits of different levels have already been carried out to map out how to reinforce the relations and a total of 26 agreements were signed. Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey made an official visit to Niger on 8-9 January 2013, while the President of the Republic of Niger paid a state visit to Turkey from 10 to 13 March 2014. The increase of high-level visits between both countries is expected in the upcoming period, with a view to fostering the bilateral relations and strengthening the legal framework of bilateral cooperation.

Within the framework to develop the legal ground of the relations with Niger, several legal instruments have been enacted, in the fields of health, communication, political consultations and visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passport.

Signing of the “Agreement of Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation” on 9 October 2012 has laid down the necessary foundation of the economic and trade relations between Turkey and Niger.

The bilateral trade volume was 31,6 million USD in 2015 and 21,7 million USD as of November 2016. Turkish exports for Niger have largely increased in the recent years. Turkey exports mainly food products, furniture, textile, metals, iron and steel products. The first session of the Joint Economic Commission, set up following the “Agreement of Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation”, was held in Ankara on 5-6 November 2014.

The Turkish Agency of Cooperation and Coordination (TIKA) is involved in a number of technical assistance programs for Niger and also undertakes several projects which directly touches upon the daily lives of many Nigeriens, such as schools, clinics, parks and orphanages. Moreover, Turkish NGO’s are providing humanitarian assistance to the brotherly people of Niger.

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