Trade with Turkey set to 'rise dramatically': Nigerian official

Trade with Turkey set to 'rise dramatically': Nigerian official

Trade with Turkey set to rise dramatically: Nigerian official

Over the next few years, trade between Turkey and Nigeria will rise “dramatically” from its current level of $2 billion, according to Nigeria’s top trade official.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of the Third Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum in Istanbul, which ended on Oct. 22, Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, Nigeria’s industry, trade and investment minister, called the forum a “step in the right direction.”

The two-day forum, organized by Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) in association with the Turkish Trade Ministry and African Union Commission, hosted around 3,000 African and Turkish businesspeople as well as government ministers and other top officials from 45 African countries.

“I believe it will bring our countries closer,” said Adebayo. “And I also believe that it gives us an opportunity to discuss the various areas of interest, especially trade opportunities, that exist between both countries.”

Nigeria was the final stop of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s four-day African tour this week, following Angola and Togo. It was Erdoğan’s second visit to Nigeria since 2016, the country Turkey sees as one of the biggest trade partners in the continent with a trade volume of more than $2 billion. Turkey and Nigeria aim to increase the trade volume to $5 billion, Erdoğan announced during his visit.

Turkey has had ties with Nigeria since it gained independence in 1960, said Adebayo, adding that they have grown closer with the good relationship between Erdoğan and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Direct flights between Turkey and Nigeria have enabled many Nigerians to visit Turkey to shop for the holidays and for medical tourism, he said.

The countries will grow closer still, he added.