Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez announced on Friday that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to conduct an official visit to Nigeria this October.
This came in his speech on Friday, during his participation in the fifth meeting of the Joint Economic Committee between Turkey and Nigeria, held in the capital, Ankara.
“The president of our country (Erdogan) is planning an official visit to Nigeria this month, in which we aim to sign three agreements in the fields of hydrocarbon, mining and energy,” Donmez said.
He explained that he had held a fruitful meeting with the Nigerian delegation, which included officials, including Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zbiru Dada, and Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Maryam Katajum.
And he added, “We stressed the importance of solidarity and cooperation between our two countries, reviewed the existing trade and economic relations and investment opportunities, and exchanged views on developing bilateral trade and improving the investment environment.”
He explained that they discussed during the meeting opportunities for cooperation in the fields of energy, mining, industry, technology, agriculture, transportation, health, education, culture, tourism, youth and sports.
He added, “We have identified areas of work to be done in the coming period, and we have talked about what we can do about these issues, and we have started preparations for them.”
Donmez revealed that the volume of trade exchange between Turkey and Nigeria reached $2 billion by the end of 2020, and that Nigeria remains Turkey’s largest trading partner in the “Sub-Saharan Africa” region.