By Lavender Chandisareva
ZIMBABWE and Turkey relations continue to grow from strength to strength, as the two countries explore new ways to increase trade ties.
Emerging from a closed-door meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, Turkish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Hakan Kivanc highlighted that Zimbabwe and Turkey will sign trade agreements, including exchange visits by parliamentarians.
“l paid a farewell visit to Honourable Speaker and what we have done during my time of office was to put the two Parliaments’ friendship groups together. We have established perfect cooperation and we are looking forward to exchanging visits in the coming time. We have also discussed the coming of his Excellency to Turkey, which was unfortunately delayed by COVID-19.
“We also have to increase trade and economic relations. We have to set an agreement that should be signed and increase trade and economic relations, only legal documents and private sectors should get to know each other better,” he said.
Through the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Turkey is providing development assistance to Zimbabwe in various domains, including scholarships to Zimbabwean students.
Zimbabwe and Turkey bilateral trade volumes reached US$17,7 million in 2019.
Zimbabwe’s main export items are platinum, cotton, tobacco, gold, iron, textile machinery, vehicles, chemicals and foodstuffs.