The last decade has witnessed a radical transformation of Turkey's trade and diplomatic relations with Africa. Turkish relations with the African continent have deepened since the end of the 1990's through a number of trade agreements, mutual diplomatic visits and partnership declarations.
Turkey's new commitment to the African region has undoubtedly encouraged the Turkish private sector to pursue business opportunities in the continent. Organisations such as the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey are witnessing an unprecedented interest by both large companies and small-medium enterprises in entering this profitable market. However, a large portion of the investment and business opportunities available in the continent still remains unknown and untapped.
The overall aim of the Forum is to provide a platform to further develop African-Turkish relations with a view to contributing to the growth of the Turkish and African economies.