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Jan 12, 2012

Ghana plans to open Embassy in Turkey


President John Evans Atta Mills says Ghana plans to establish an Embassy in Turkey to further consolidate trade relations with that country.

President John Evans Atta Mills says Ghana plans to establish an Embassy in Turkey to further consolidate trade relations with that country.

 

According to him, Turkey offered immense economic opportunities which can be exploited with the establishment of an embassy, and described the move as “strategic”.

President Mills announced these when the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Kenan Tepedelen, called on him at the Castle in Accra, to bid him farewell after his two-year official tour of Ghana.

Turkey opened its Embassy in Accra two year ago following which trade between the two nations surged, and the president believes that there is the need for Ghana to reciprocate to demonstrate its commitment to the bilateral relations by opening its embassy in that country.

The balance of trade between Ghana and Turkey, which has been targeted to reach one billion dollars in 2015, increased from 175 million dollars in 2010 when the embassy was opened in Accra, to 448million dollars at the end of 2011.

President Mills lauded the improvement in the trade balance, and said more Ghanaian investors have been attracted to businesses in Turkey.

The President commended the outgoing Ambassador for his contributions to the advancement of the relations between the two nations, and assured that the support offered him will be extended to his successor.

Ambassador Tepedelen, on his part, expressed his appreciation to the government for the immense support and cooperation he enjoyed, indicating that contributed to the success of his work in Ghana.

 

Source: ISD