African, Turkish NGOs meet Thursday in Istanbul

Paris, France – The Africa Institute of the Turkish Asian Centre for Strategic Studies (TASAM) will organise a forum on Thursday in Istanbul between Turkish and African non governmental organisations (NGOs) to set a joint cooperation platform between the two parties, PANA reported.

“The proposed Turkey-Africa NGO Forum, aimed at identifying the opportunities that will serve their mutual interests, can contribute to developing a joint clear vision that can be applied in the future,” TASAM Chairman Süleyman Sensoy said.

Organisers of the forum plan to set up research institutes and centres on Africa in Turkey universities and promote the twin-city projects among African and Turkish cities.

They also plan to organise “Turkey and Africa weeks”, provide information about Africa to Turkish companies seeking to invest in the continent and “find joint solutions to communication problems”.

The meeting, taking place 14-16 August on the theme ”Cooperation ad Development”, aims at providing a data base in the areas of economy, development, education, health, communication, environment, culture, tourism, women and children.

The NGOs will make a joint declaration, to be submitted to the “Turkey-Africa cooperation summit” that will bring together senior African leaders 18-21 August, under the aegis of the Turkish Foreign Affairs ministry.

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