Turkey-Democratic Republic of Congo Relations
Since 1974, our country is the dominant residence of the KDC’s captain, Kinshasa. In light of our growing relations, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Turkey opened in July 2011.
The President Mr. Abdullah Gül has made an official visit to the KDC on 14-16 March 2010. During the visit, “Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Political Consultations between Foreign Ministries” was signed. The first Political Consultation Meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries was held in Kinshasa on 4 March 2014 and the second on 16 February 2016 in Ankara.
Our foreign trade volume with KDC increased by 57.8% from US $ 64 million between 2012 and 2013, reaching US $ 102 million. In 2015, it reached to the level of 163 million US Dollars. Copper and timber are mainly imported from KDC. The increase in imports from the KDC stemmed from imports of cathode copper that the Turkish industry needed. Other items of our import are wood products, rubber, live animals and wood products.
In 2016, our total bilateral trade volume is 60 million Dollars and our total bilateral trade volume is 36 million Dollars as of 2017 with total exports of 27 and total imports of 9 million US Dollars.
The Joint Economic Commission (KEK) mechanism exists between the two countries. The first KEK meeting was held in Ankara on 5-6 October 2009. 2 to 3 November 2016, held in Istanbul in Turkey on behalf of the KDC-Africa Economic and Business Forum Economy Minister Modeste Bahati joined Lukwebo; Minister Bahati was accompanied by a purchase committee of twenty people, mainly the Congolese Companies Federation (FEC) and the private sector. DEIK with the FEC, the KDC-Turkey Business Council of the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment on June 6, 2016 signed in Kinshasa. The Council has so far held two meetings.
The first Memorandum of Understanding between Turkey and KDC on civil aviation was signed in Istanbul on 1 March 2012. Delegations representing the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (SHGM) and the KDC Civil Aviation Administration came together in Ankara on February 15, 2018 and signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to make the Zapta permanent, which was extended to one year after the validity period expired at the end of March each year. THY carries 5 weekly frequency passenger service and 1 scheduled cargo service to Kinshasa.
The UN Mission of Stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is contributed to our country by MONUSCO.
Our country is in the development assistance of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in various fields through the Presidency of Turkish Agency for Cooperation and Development (TIKA).
KDC Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Léonard She Okitundu made an official visit to my country on 22-25 November 2017 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Diplomatic Passport Hammers and the Diplomatic Academies of the Foreign Ministries.