“Turkey wants to develop with Africa based on expertise and experience sharing in human activity with development programs,” said Mr. Ali Maskan, Vice President of the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TICA). Speaking at a meeting with some Senegalese media actors, Maskan recalled that Turkey, through the TICA and other Turkish NGOs, has provided assistances amounting to more than US$4 billion in 2014 throughout the world. This amount, according to him, has increased in 2015.
“Turkey is ready to assist any African country which makes a request for the implementation of its development projects”, Mr. Maskan said before listing some examples of infrastructure projects such as the Mogadishu airport in Somalia, some hospitals in the same country, and the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD) in Senegal. Along the lines of what TICA Vice President was saying, other actors have presented projects for the African continent, based on the model advocated by TICA.
In the same vein, the Deputy Director General of the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), Erkan Durdu, parallel to his research for partners to better promote his country in Africa and vice versa, is planning to create an Africa TRT channel fully dedicated to Africa. The Turkish Department of Information, through the voice of its chief of department who is the key organizer of these meetings for exchange with the Turkish authorities wants, in turn, to develop partnerships with the African media for better monitoring of news of the continent.
Other cooperation agreements in the field of disaster management are also potential, according to the Director General of the Turkey Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Erkan Doganay who also met with actors of the Senegalese media. The model of Turkish cooperation, “unique, according to TICA Vice President, is driven by the desire to transfer to the partner, the expertise and skills necessary to enable them to take over implementation monitoring.