The 2nd Joint Economic Commission Meeting between Türkiye and Gambia was held in Ankara, co-chaired by the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca and the Minister of Health of Gambia Ahmadou Lamin Samateh.
Minister Koca stated during his speech at the meeting at the Ministry of Health that Türkiye attaches great importance to expanding its relations with the friendly and brotherly country Gambia in all fields. Minister Koca noted that the market value of investments in Africa has reached $6 billion, the number of projects undertaken by Turkish contractors across the continent has reached 1800, and the economic size has reached 83 billion dollars.He added “The volume of trade between Türkiye and Africa increased from 5.4 billion dollars in 2003 to 34.5 billion dollars in 2021. Our exports to the continent increased from 2.1 billion to 21.2 billion dollars during this time period. Our imports from the continent have increased from 3.3 billion to 13.3 billion dollars.”
Samateh stated that Türkiye has been supporting Gambia in all fields for many years and that they would like to collaborate on health tourism as well.
Following the speeches, the ministers of the two countries signed the JEC protocol. The JEC Protocol includes bilateral trade relations, mutual investments, commercial issues with Sub-Saharan Africa, and economic and technical cooperation, particularly in the fields of energy, tourism, health, agriculture, and transportation.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the JEC Meeting between the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) and the Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) for cooperation in the fields of standardization and conformity assessment.
As a result of the meetings, it was also agreed to establish a "Joint Working Group" between the health ministries of the two countries.