The Sudanese Foreign Ministry announced on an upcoming visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Khartoum next month, at the invitation of his Sudanese counterpart Omar Al Bashir.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour said in a press statement in the parliament on Monday that “Sudanese-Turkish relations are excellent, and the economic ties will see considerable progress following Erdogan’s visit.
He predicted that open up new horizons in the relation between Khartoum and Ankara, he added the relation between the two countries is better and it’s under the auspices of the two countries leaders.
On the economic side, while the total amount of the infrastructure projects which were undertaken by the Turkish companies in Sudan reach 300 million USD, the direct investment of Turkish enterprises is almost 300 million USD. Bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Sudan is realized 450 million USD Dollars in 2015 (export to Sudan: 424,6 million USD; import from Sudan: 24,6 million USD).
The main export items of Turkey to Sudan are: electrical machines, steel plant, automotive byproducts, boilers, steel equipment, plastic products, textiles and paper.
Turkey’s main imports from Sudan are: oilseed and fruits, sugar and sugar products, unfinished leather, lac, Arabic gum, resin, volatile oils and cotton.
Turkish companies in Sudan are mainly focusing on steel, cement, leather, PVC manufacturing, grain import and export, bakery, curtain, furniture, intercity transportation, and home appliances retailers.
Turkey is willing to establish a long term relationship with Sudan in the field of agriculture, livestock and agro-industries. In this regard, the “Agreement on Bilateral Agricultural Cooperation and Partnership” between Turkey and Sudan” which was signed on April 28, 2014, in Ankara is endorsed by both Parliaments. General Directorate of Agricultural Enterprises (TIGEM) of Turkey is already working with relevant bodies from Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Sudan.
Turkey’s assistance to Sudan in the health sector, both vocational training and provision of equipment, continues with an increasing trend in the framework of the “Protocol on Health and Medical Cooperation Between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Sudan” which entered into force in 2009.