Turkey – Djibouti Political Relations
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1977. Politically between Turkey and Djibouti, there are increasingly developing positive relationships in economic and trade fields. Djibouti’s Embassy in Ankara in 2012, our country’s Djibouti Embassy was in operation in 2013.
In the context of high-level visits, in the past, Djibouti President Guelleh visited our country four times, one with two, the other with two international conventions and the 100th Anniversary Events of the Gallipoli Campaign.
Mr. President Our visit to Djibouti between 23-25 January 2015 was made within the scope of our visits to the African Horn countries.
Djibouti President Guelleh also visited our country on the occasion of the invitation of our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 19-20 December 2017 and four agreements were signed between our country and Djibouti in various areas.
In terms of commercial relations, there is a promising potential between our country and Djibouti. Djibouti from Turkey in 2016 to 77.95 million US dollars is made in the amount of exports, while imports from Djibouti to Turkey was USD 114 thousand (2016 total bilateral trade volume: 78.1 million US dollars). In the first 11 months of 2017, our total trade volume was US $ 91.8 million. In addition, Turkish firms in Djibouti have undertaken a $ 130 million contracting business.
Among the products exported from our country to Djibouti, construction and iron and steel products, white goods, food and grain products have a significant share. On the other hand, imports of products used in painting from Turkey to Djibouti it is situated rubber and finished with burning-off trees.
Turkish Airlines conducts direct flights to Djibouti seven days a week. THY flights serve to improve tourism relations between the two countries as far as we have bilateral economic and commercial relations. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Djibouti’s visit to Djibouti on Dec. 10, 2014, the Minister of Economy, Mr. Nihat Zeybekçi, on the basis of the objective and the favourable position of East Africa’s Free Trade Zone and its favorable position, financial policies and current political relations with our country, a decision was made to establish a Private Turkish Economic Area (PA). With the passing of the special economic zone, it is foreseen that Turkish businessmen will reach the 400 million East African market from Djibouti.
The third term Joint Economic Commission meeting between the two countries was held in Djibouti on 29 December 2016 by our country, Turkey within the scope of scholarships, Djibouti are allocated to higher education scholarships. The number of scholarships allocated to this country in the academic year 2017-2018 is 19.