The Democratic Republic of Congo and Turkey signed three agreements on Wednesday to strengthen their bilateral cooperation. The signing of these agreements took place during Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi in Istanbul, Turkey.
These are the Agreement on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments between the two Governments, the Agreement on the Prevention of Double Income Taxation and the Prevention of Tax Evasion between the Governments and the Agreement cooperation in the field of tourism between the two countries. The signing of these agreements aims to strengthen cooperation between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Turkey.
“Our cooperation and friendly relations with Turkey are going well. This cooperation will become even stronger,” declared the Congolese President, Felix Tshisekedi, during the joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, specifying in passing that the two countries will implement many projects in the field of agriculture and mineral resources.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan clarified that his country is ready to support the DRC in the march to achieve its development goals. “We have mutually confirmed our desire to improve our cooperation.”
“We will make an intensive effort to raise our economic and trade relations to a level worthy of our friendship. As a first step, we set a bilateral trade volume of $250 million. The agreements concluded earlier will contribute considerably to achieving this objective,” he said.
In addition, the stay in Turkey for the Congolese president is part of the preparation for the Turkey-Africa summit. Felix Tshisekedi assured to have discussed with his counterpart the organization of this planned activity, in November, in Turkey.
Note that the Democratic Republic of Congo and Turkey maintain good relations. In 2019, the total bilateral trade volume between the two states was US $54.2 million, with total Turkish exports of US $54.2 million and US $0.4 million total imports.