Gabon, Turkey aim to double trade volumes

Gabon and Turkey aim to increase their trade from USD50 million a year to USD100 million a year by 2015.

This emerged during a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

Erdoğan escribed his visit to Libreville as the beginning of "a new chapter" in bilateral relations between Gabon and Turkey. Gabonese Head of State Ali Bongo Ondimba and the Turkish Prime Minister both expressed a desire to diversify the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

In addition to signing agreements in relation to healthcare and agriculture and one removing the visa requirement for diplomatic passport holders, Turkey signalled its willingness to cooperate with Gabon in other sectors, such as: the timber industry, tourism, mining, oil and gas, energy, ICT, housing, infrastructure and finance.

"For us, Gabon is an important step in a series of initiatives and relationships that we are hoping to develop in Africa," said Erdoğan.

The large delegation accompanying the Turkish Prime Minister included 300 Turkish businessmen.

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