Turkey and Algeria aim for $5 billion bilateral trade volume

World Faizah Kamal 27-Jan-2020
Turkey President Erdogan
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Turkey and Algeria are seeking to forge closer business ties to boost bilateral trade volume to $5 billion, while agreeing to jointly build a petrochemicals plant in the Turkish province of Adana.

“We have decided to increase our bilateral trade volume to $5 billion as soon as possible. Also, with the joint declaration we signed, we have established a high-level cooperation council between our two countries,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on January 26, addressing the Turkey-Algeria Business Forum held in Algiers.

Erdoğan visited Algeria on January 26 as part of his three-nation Africa tour which also covers Senegal and Gambia.

“We see Algeria as a friendly and brotherly country as well as one of our strategic partners in North Africa. Algeria is one of Turkey’s most important gateways to the Maghreb and Africa,” Erdoğan said.

Underlining the need for a free trade agreement between Turkey and Algeria, Erdoğan said: “I believe it would be felicitous to begin negotiations for a free trade agreement to further deepen our economic relations.”

Highlighting Turkey’s progress in the defense industry, Erdoğan also voiced Turkey’s desire to further cooperation with Algeria in the defense industry.

He met with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the Algerian capital to discuss possible cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, defense and tourism.

The latest data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) showed that Turkey shipped $1.74 billion worth of goods to Algeria, while the country’s imports with its trading partners stood at around $656 million in January-November 2019.

In 2018, the bilateral trade volume amounted to $3.2 billion.