TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: LOGISTICS CENTER WILL ESTABLISH IN GHANA FOR INCREASING DEMANDS IN AFRICA
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) continues its Virtual Trade Delegation programs with Ghana to reduce the effects of Covid-19 on exports. TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle stated that there are efforts to establish a logistics distribution base in Ghana within the framework of the sectoral cluster formed by a significant part of the industrial industrialists, “Within the scope of the Africa Expansion Policy, rapid progress has been achieved in many areas such as trade, investments, cultural projects, security, and development projects, especially political relations with the countries of the region. Together we will see the result of our initiatives for the logistics center to be established in Ghana in the coming days to meet the increasing demand for our products in Africa most appropriate and efficient way” he said.
During the global pandemic, the export family is transporting Turkish export products to all over the world with its strong infrastructure. Türkiye, which is the most aiding country in the world compared to its national income, increased the number of its diplomatic representations in Africa, where it continues its humanitarian and development assistance activities; strengthened its institutional relations with the continent in many areas such as education, culture, transportation, and media. The Turkish exporter also exported $15.25 billion to the continent last year, despite the contraction in the global demand during the pandemic process.
The export family reached 1 billion 724 million dollars with an increase of 21.9 percent in Cereals, Legumes, Oil Seeds, and Products on a sectoral basis last year. On the other hand, with 1.3 percent 931 million 579 thousand dollars in Electrical Electronics; with an increase of 4.8 percent 546 million 344 thousand dollars in Cement Glass Ceramics and Soil Products; with an increase of 3.3 percent 761 million 760 thousand dollars in Iron and Non-Iron Metals; with an increase of 1.6 percent $194 million 175 thousand in Mining Products; with an increase of 1.4 percent 155 million 198 thousand dollars in Aquaculture and Animal Products; with an increase of 9.2 percent 83 million dollars in Defense and Aerospace Industries; and they exported with of 26.2 percent 58 million 423 thousand dollars in Hazelnuts and Products.
Virtual Trade Delegation from TİM to Ghana
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), which is the only umbrella organization of 61 exporter associations, 27 sectors, and 100 thousand exporters, held the last of its Virtual Trade Delegation programs to Ghana, one of the most important centers in West Africa, as part of its new generation trade activities. Deputy Minister of Trade Gonca Yılmaz Batur, Turkish Ambassador to Akra Özlem Gülsün Ergün Ulueren, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle opened the Virtual Trade Delegation program organized with TİM organization under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce.
More than 7,000 job interviews with Virtual Trade Delegations in 2020
İsmail Gülle, who delivered the opening speech of the program, said, “We continue our Virtual Trade Delegations, which we continue with the title of “Digitalization in All Areas” with excitement and diligence in 2021. In the year we left behind, we organized 45 Virtual Trade Delegations in 43 countries. The concern of our exporters to these delegations has been quite high. More than 7,000 bilateral job interviews were held. After our Air Conditioning Industry Sectoral Virtual Trade Delegation to Uzbekistan yesterday, we continue our way with our Ghana Virtual Trade Delegation program. We are trying to advance and develop all our business on digital platforms with high efficiency.
"High capacity for our exporters”
TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle continued, “In different geographies from Mexico to Indonesia, from Germany to Nigeria, even if we are thousands of kilometers away, we have established bridges of heart in line with the same goals; I believe that in the coming period we will continue with wider participation, the same enthusiasm. Under the leadership of our Ministry of Commerce, the logistics centers project was implemented with the decision of the Presidency to deliver Turkish products to foreign markets in the fastest way and at affordable costs. The Republic of Ghana, with a population of 31 million, is one of the most important centers of West Africa and a country with a high capacity for our exporters. Ghana, which has access to 350 million people not only with its population but also because it is a member of ECOWAS, draws attention with its political and economic stability within West African countries.”
“Ghana, the shining star of Africa”
Noting that in recent years, Türkiye has taken important steps to further deepen relations with Africa in all areas and these steps have been reciprocated, Gülle said, “Facilitation of our exporter's access to an important market such as Ghana is critical in achieving our goals. Within the framework of the sectoral cluster formed by a significant part of our steel industrialists, we are working on establishing a logistics distribution base in Ghana. To meet the growing demand for our products in Africa most appropriate and efficient way, hopefully, we will see the result of our initiatives for the logistics center to be established in Ghana together in the coming days. The friendly relations of our country with Africa make its effects felt in the commercial and economic field. Besides, we need to aim much higher in our developed relations with the region, our bond of heart, our bilateral trade. For this purpose, today we are performing our virtual trade hey meat to Ghana, the shining star of Africa.”
“Ghana, the country where we increase our exports the most in the Sub-Saharan Africa region”
Stating that Türkiye's export to Ghana was $479 million with an increase of 28 percent last year, İsmail Gülle said, “Ghana, West Africa's second-largest economy after Nigeria, was the country where we increased our exports the most in the Sub-Saharan Africa region in 2020. As of 2019, Türkiye is Ghana's sixth largest supplier. Our share of Ghana's imports increased from 1.1 percent in 2010 to 4.5 percent in 2019. Bilateral trade volume exceeded $550 million in 2019. At the same time, a foreign trade surplus of close to $400 million reveals the importance of the Ghanaian market on the way to 'Türkiye, Giving Foreign Trade Surplus'.”
“Our exports have increased in many sectors”
İsmail Gülle, who also gave information about exports to Ghana on a sectoral basis, continued:
“Exports of our country to Ghana in 2020, according to 2019; Cement, Glass, Ceramic and Soil Products sector increased by 31.5 percent to 120 million 525 thousand dollars, Cereals sector increased by 33 percent to 87 million 882 thousand dollars and Steel sector increased by 147 percent to 80 million 596 thousand dollars. The Leather Products sector increased by 274 percent to $6.5 million, Ready-to-Wear increased by 203 percent to $3.3 million, and Textile increased by 85 percent to $2.8 million.
These figures show that the main import products of Ghana match with the main export products of Türkiye and reveals that the strengthening of commerce in these sectors. On the other hand, we see that our exporters improved the product diversity in trade with Ghana. These increases promise great hope for the future. Hopefully, we will take our commerce with Ghana to better levels with these and similar organizations. We believe that many new collaborations will establish after bilateral meetings under the delegation, and our virtual trade delegation will further clarify potential job opportunities.