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Relations between Turkey and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Relations between Turkey and the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Turkish Embassy in Kinshasa has been active since 1974. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has opened its embassy in Ankara in 2011. DRC also has honorary consulates in Istanbul and İzmir.

The President of the Republic of Turkey paid an official visit to DRC on 14-16 March 2010. This visit constituted the first ever presidential visit between the two countries.

Especially after this visit, significant progress has been achieved in advancing relations between the two countries in every field. This progress has been supported also by high level visits. There is a shared will to strengthen relations.

The Economical and Technical Cooperation Agreement and the Commercial Cooperation Agreement constitute the contractual basis of bilateral economic relations between the two countries. The first meeting of the Joint Economic Commission took place in 2009.

The trade volume between the two countries was 162 million USD in 2015 and 58,1 million USD as of November 2016. Turkey’s main export products to DRC are food products, white goods and electronic equipment. Turkey imports mainly copper, scrap and minerals from DRC.

9 Turkish Police Officers serve in UN’s Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).

Ankara and Kinshasa has been sister cities since August 2005.

Turkey allocates every year higher education scholarships to students from DRC (32 in 2016-2017).

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