EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Members of the Turkey- Gambia Business Council, on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on President Adama Barrow at State House in Banjul where they discussed various areas of mutual interests to both countries, including the Banjul seaport, solar energy ventures, agriculture, and fisheries, among others.
The delegation, comprising leading Turkish private sector operators and industrialists including the Mayor of Ezurum city, Mehmet Sekmen, was led to the presidency by the Turkish Ambassador to The Gambia, Ismael Yusuf.
Ambassador Yusuf said their discussion with President Barrow also centered on the need for energy stabilisation in The Gambia, agricultural mechanization, value addition, commercial production and tourism development.
The council, which was established following President Barrow’s state visit to Ankara in 2017, is currently holding its third meeting in Banjul to discuss areas of mutual benefit with their Gambian counterparts.
Ezurum city Mayor Mehmet Sekmen said Turkey has also realised that it can work with The Gambia in urban planning at the level of the municipalities. “Turkey is ready to share experience with Kanifing in terms of municipal management and development. We have many experiences that we can utilize in the cities of The Gambia in many aspects,” he said.
President Barrow expressed delight that the council is building on the cooperation that he and President Erdogan rekindled during his historic visit to Ankara two years ago. He stated that the two countries share a strong bond of friendship, which is evident in the level of cooperation being pursued by both governments. He thanked Turkey for standing by The Gambia through challenging times and assured them of Gambia’s fraternal solidarity.