Turkey – Ghana Relations
After Ghana gained its independence in 1957, diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1958, and the first Ambassador to Settlement in Akra began the referendum in October 1964. Our Embassy, whose activities were suspended in 1981 due to savings measures, was reopened on 1 February 2010. Ghana also established an Embassy in Ankara in 2012.
- President of the Republic Mr. Abdullah Gül’s visit to Akra on 23-24 March 2011 and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama’s visit to Turkey on 21-24 January 2013 brought germs to the relations of the two countries and a series of contacts has been instrumental in signing the agreement.
Likewise, the visit of the President of Ghana to the Republic of Ghana between February 29 and March 1, 2016 constituted a new milestone in the relations between the two countries, and a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed and a Business Forum with 150 anti-Ghanaian businessmen.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Prosper DK Bani, Minister of Gender, Child and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, representing Ghana at the World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016 at the level of the Heads of State and Government, Ambassador Alhaji Ibrahim Abass, Director of the National Disaster Management Authority, Brigadier General Francis Vib-Sanziri. Again, the High Level Comprehensive Interim Review Meeting of the Istanbul Action Program for the Least Developed Countries (EAGU) held in Antalya on 27-29 May 2016 hosted by our country was held at the Deputy Head of State Kissing Amissah- Arthur has joined.
Turkey-Ghana trade volume of 40.7 million dollars, while in 2010, 2011 and 2012 increased more than 10 times has exceeded half a billion dollars. Due to the economic developments in Ghana, trade volume between the two countries declined in 2013 ($ 382 million) and 2014 ($ 291.15 million). In 2016, bilateral trade volume increased to US $ 478.9 million. In 2017, bilateral trade figures declined, with exports to Ghana reaching US $ 224.5 million, imports from Ghana to US $ 128 million and bilateral trade volume down to US $ 352.5 million.
In 2017, over 400 different products were exported from our country to Ghana. The main products that are important in our export are cement, pasta, insulated cables and wires, flour, iron and steel products, chemical fertilizers and sugar. In Ghana, 27 items were imported in the same year. The most important products in our import are cocoa and cocoa products. These products constitute more than 90% of our imports.
A Mixed Economic Commission (KEK) has been established between the two countries in 1997 under the “Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement” and the Commission has convened four times to date.
“Ghana 1st Turkish Products Fair” was organized by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce between August 24th and August 27th, 2016 in Akra.
10 companies from our country participated in the “Auto Parts West Africa” international fair held in Akra between 13-16 September 2017. Also, 21 companies from our country participated in the “Ghana Build” International Construction and Construction Fair held at the Akra International Exhibition Centre on 26-28 October 2017.
On 18 November 2017, our Embassy held a meeting with businessmen and company representatives in the region of Ashanti. Up to 70 participants were present at the meeting, Turkey-Ghana has presented information about the political and economic relations, we work to improve existing commercial and economic relations between the two countries were discussed.
By the Turkey Exporters Association, on November 21, 2017 with the support of our Embassy in Accra, a “Business Forum” organized, participating companies were subsequently held bilateral business meetings with Ghanaian counterparts. Approximately 150 associates were present at the forum where 30 companies participated.
Our country, through the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), is in development assistance to Ghana in various fields such as health, food, education, science and transportation. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.tika.gov.tr.
THY has direct flights between Istanbul and Akra-Istanbul for 7 days a week. In order to promote our country in Ghana in June – 8 July 2017 between “Turkey Week” was organized. Inauguration of the event, Vice President of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife also joined.
Bursa Turkey within the scope of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies for the citizens of Ghana 150 between the years 2012 to 2015, 41 in 2016 and 35 in 2017, including a total of 226 scholarships have been allocated. September 11, 2017 for the Ghanaian students who studied in Turkey YTB representatives of Ghana and Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Group Chairman MP Mr. Ayse where nature’s ready “graduates Turkey” a meeting was arranged.
Ten diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana attended the training program organized by the Diplomacy Academy of our Ministry on 15-20 June 2014.
According to our consulate records, 261 of our citizens live in Ghana.