Turkey – Zambia Relations
On October 24, 1964, the Embassy of Nairobi, which was opened on March 30, 1968, to Zambia, who proclaimed his independence, was accused. Following the opening of our Embassy in Pretoria in 1994, our embassy, which was also mentioned until 2011, became accredited to Zambia.
Turkey-Zambia relations in 2011 our Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia gained momentum in 2013 with the opening of the Embassy. Our Embassy is the Malawi and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), located in central Lusaka.
Zambia has made official visits to our country at the level of the President (two times in 2010 and twice at the international meeting margins in 2011), Foreign Minister (2014) and other ministers. The first part of the Political Consultations was held in Lusaka in 2013.
The two countries are working closely at technical level in fields such as agriculture, tourism, health, infrastructure / housing to improve cooperation relations. Turkey Zambia’s development agenda of the country’s 7th National Development Plan (2017-2021) offers the appropriate framework and institutional capacity development contributions for configuration.
Commercial and Economic Relations
In 2017 the trade volume between Turkey and Zambia has been at the level of 21.8 Million US Dollars. Our country exports $ 16.6 million to Zambia and $ 5.2 million from Zambia. While our country is a net importer from 2002 to 2011, it has increased its position as a net exporter between 2012-2016.
At the beginning of the products imported by Turkish companies from Zambia are copper and copper goods. Since about 75% of our imports are based on copper ore, global fluctuations in copper prices play a decisive role in our bilateral net trade. Depending on the copper ore, our imports include cobalt mats and other intermediates, untreated cobalt powders, refined copper-cathodes and cathode fractions, refined copper wire and ferro-manganese. The share of tobacco and tobacco products in total imports has recently increased, reaching 35% by 2017, from about 20% previously. In 2017, 20% of our total imports are cotton.
The main products exported by Turkish companies to Zambia are machinery and appliances, tools and parts, iron or steel goods, electrical machinery and appliances and their spare parts. On the other hand, food products containing textile products (carpet, clothing products, etc.), furniture, confectionery, chocolate and cocoa are also exported to the Zambian market. It has been observed that the import of prefabricated buildings has just started in the last two to three years, while the exports of hygienic towels / materials have decreased in the last two years.
Our country is in development assistance to Zambia in various fields through the Presidency of Turkish Agency for Cooperation and Development (TIKA).
From 1992 until today, 131 Zambian citizens have benefited from Government Scholarships, and 20 scholarships have been granted to Zambian citizens for the 2017-2018 academic year.