Turkey extends helping hand to African nations to combat pandemic

Turkey extends helping hand to African nations to combat pandemic

Turkey has helped its African partners to better combat the coronavirus since the early days of the pandemic, whether supplying ventilators to Somalia, sending fabric and sewing machines for mask-making to Mozambique and Eswatini, or solving transportation problems for Ugandan health workers in remote areas, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

Despite battling the COVID-19 outbreak at home, Turkey did not forget its partners and sent fleets of planes carrying medical supplies, masks, respirators and more across the African continent to stem the spread of the virus.

In April, a military plane carrying medical supplies took off to help South Africa, which was emerging as the worst-hit country on the continent.

"This is a gesture of the Turkish government to South Africa," Turkish Ambassador Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen said when the supplies landed at Cape Town International Airport.

Besides medical equipment, the supplies included personal protective gear, surgical masks, medical-grade N95 masks, protective suits, face shields, medical safety goggles, hand sanitizers and a disinfection tunnel made specifically for South Africa.

The state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) also sent over 10,000 N95 face masks to Kalafong Hospital in South Africa's executive capital, Pretoria, to help health workers fighting the virus.

TIKA also provided protective gear to Lesotho, a landlocked country encircled by South Africa. The items included sanitizers, gloves and masks, and were handed over to the country's disaster management team which later distributed the supplies to three hospitals and 20 clinics in the poorest and most remote parts of the country.

Turkey also dispatched a shipment of medical supplies, including new Turkish-made ventilators, to Somalia to help the Horn of Africa country combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter that the locally manufactured ventilators, created using recent technological advances, "will breathe new life into Somalia, which suffers from a severe shortage of ventilators."

Namibia also received Turkish medical supplies, including 30,000 N95 masks, 60,000 three-layered masks and 20,000 protective coveralls. Officials said the Turkish donation to Namibia was a gesture of friendship and goodwill.

Turkish Ambassador to Botswana Meltem Büyükkarakaş said that TIKA donated 27 tons worth of food to 1,000 families in Botswana to help them deal with difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation was delivered to the vice president of Botswana, Slumber Tsogwane, in May 2020, as Turkey's contribution to Botswana's COVID-19 Relief Fund.

In Mozambique, Ambassador Zeynep Kızıltan said TIKA donated sewing machines and traditional fabrics for the production of 26,000 masks in a vocational training center and also renovated two workshops in collaboration with the municipality of Maputo in the country's capital. Turkey also distributed food parcels to hundreds of vulnerable families affected by COVID-19 during Ramadan.

In June, Ankara, donated 50,000 masks to Rwanda, while a private company in Turkey sent another 40,000 masks to help the East African nation tackle the virus outbreak, according to Burcu Çevik, Turkey's ambassador to Rwanda.

Turkey also sent medical equipment to Uganda, Zambia, Angola, Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, and South Sudan.

Turkey sent medical aid to over 150 countries and six international organizations in 2020 to help combat the pandemic, Erdoğan said last month.

For decades, Turkey had a one-dimensional foreign policy that was shaped by its relations with the West but now the country has changed course, adopting its most diverse, multidimensional and independent foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.

Turkey's engagement with Africa dates back to the adoption of an action plan in 1998, but relations really took shape in 2005 which Ankara declared the "Year of Africa." Turkey was accorded observer status by the African Union (AU) the same year. In a reciprocal move, the AU declared Turkey its strategic partner in 2008, with relations between the continent and Turkey gaining momentum when the first Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit was held in the commercial capital Istanbul with the participation of representatives from 50 African countries that year.

In 2009, there were only 12 Turkish embassies in Africa, of which five were in North Africa. Now, there are 42. Turkish Airlines flies to 60 different destinations in 39 countries on the continent, while TIKA has nearly 30 coordination centers and the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) has joint business councils with more than half of the African countries.

CISCO eyes to apply smart lighting model in Baku
CISCO eyes to apply smart lighting model in Baku
Azerbaijan's communication operator expands its coverage area (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan's communication operator expands its coverage area (PHOTO)
Weekly review of highlights in Azerbaijan's ICT sector
Weekly review of highlights in Azerbaijan's ICT sector
Loading Bars
Bitcoin overtakes "long tech" as most crowded trade
JP Morgan expects Azerbaijan to increase crude output in 2022
Laying of pipeline from Iran's Jask oil terminal launched
British hospitals use blockchain to track COVID-19 vaccines
Construction department of Turkmenistan's Mary region opens tender
Iran's Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company implementing its production plan
JP Morgan’s estimates on Azerbaijan’s 2021 crude oil output
Kazakhstan's only lowcoster resumes flights operation on several routes
Georgia reports 1,550 new coronavirus cases for Jan.19
Azerbaijan ups gas production in 2020
Azerbaijan and Iran signed cooperation memorandum on railway sector
Kazakhstan boosts trade with Lithuania despite COVID-19
China's Geely to work on smart car technologies with Tencent
Uzbekneftegaz carries out repair work of gas pumping units at compressor station
Uzbekistan announces tender for greenhouses construction
Nizami Ganjavi int'l center developed as recognizable global platform, contributing to promotion of Nizami Ganjavi's name - Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran, Turkey sign documents to increase potential of railway transport
Enguri HPP rehabilitation project remains vital for Georgian energy security - Economy Minister
Kazakhstan sees annual decrease in cargo transportation volume amid COVID-19
Municipal administration of Turkmenistan's Balkan region extends tender for reagents purchase
Turkey can normalize relations with Armenia depending on stable ceasefire in Karabakh - FM
World Bank confirms its readiness to support Georgia in its European integration
BHOS Presidential Scholar: ‘For me, Kelbajar is Azerbaijan, the Motherland revived in memories’
Instrumentation equipment installed at gas treatment unit at Uzbekistan’s Shurtan field
Turkmenistan, UK consider opportunities for co-op in agricultural sector
Singaporean company embarks first stage of modernization of superphosphate plant in Uzbekistan
Iran plans to hold exhibition of construction materials in Azerbaijan
Turkmenistan in top ten countries with cheapest gasoline - Globalpetrolprices
New road bridge to be built between Azerbaijan and Iran in Astara
Azerbaijani oil prices grow
Iran's interests to be met by Azerbaijan-Nakhchivan railway
Iran, Azerbaijan to sign preferential trade agreement within the next month
Azerbaijani company reveals expected volume of colored glass production at future plant
Brent crude edges up as optimism over economy outweighs fuel demand concerns
Uzbekistan eyes increasing competition in automotive industry
Iranian currency rates for January 19
Uzbekistan, World Bank talk socio-economic reforms in 2021 for ensuring macroeconomic stability
Baku Trade Port hikes cargo transshipment in 2020
Government Clears Largest Fighter Aircraft Procurement for Indian Air Force
India, Bangladesh are commemorating 50 years of diplomatic ties this year: MEA
Several facilities to be launched in Iran’s electricity sector
Covaxin efficacy meets WHO standards, safe to use: Joint Drugs Controller
Azerbaijan boosts oil, oil products shipment via Dubandi terminal in 2020
Indian Government sends aid to flood victims in central Vietnam
Uzbekistan reveals COVID-19 data for January 19
ACG oil transshipment from Ceyhan terminal exceeds 8.5 million tons YTD
Startup India International Summit: Narendra Modi listens journey of Nepali businessman
Кazakh Electricity Grid Operating Company to buy electrical equipment via tender
2020 export of oil bitumen from Azerbaijan grows tenfold
Azerbaijan records plunge in number of foreign visitors in 2020
Turkmenistan registers Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine
Geodetic survey of IGB’s 182-km route nearing completion
Length of IGB’s welded sections reaches 90 km
Production, deliveries of all line pipes for IGB completed
Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes San Juan Province, Argentina
Iran could develop co-op with Finland in various sectors - TPO
Licensing for IGB’s commercial operation nearing final stage
Cargo transportation between Azerbaijan and Russia continued in 2020 - Trade Representative
Vaccine used in Azerbaijan also effective against new COVID-19 strain - TABIB
TABIB discusses side effects of COVID-19 vaccine
Turkey’s top science body provides support for young inventors
Chinese mainland reports 12 new imported COVID-19 cases
Georgian government works on restriction phase-out plan
Number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 170,000 in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan reports increase in export of crude petroleum oils to Poland
EU plans to start spending huge recovery fund in months
Iran prioritize clearance of strategic goods from Customs
Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 210,000
Nigerian troops kill 30 bandits in gunfight
France's daily new COVID-19 infections at a more than six-week high
UK figure of daily new coronavirus cases drops further
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister meets with delegation of the Turkic Council, TURKSOY and Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation
Spain eyes to support Georgia to further develop its tourism, infrastructure and energy fields
Sweden begins to administer second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Canada to lift Boeing 737 MAX flight ban on January 20
CBI reacts to the German claim about INSTEX
Weekly review of Georgian capital markets (Jan.11 through Jan.15)
Trade balance between Azerbaijan and Turkey remains positive in 2020
Losses of JSC Georgian Railways increase
Kazakhstan boosts imports from Spain despite COVID-19 pandemic
Georgia makes investments in Kazakhstan's production of ferroalloys
Georgian FM meets Spanish officials in Madrid
Disneyland Paris delays reopening to April 2 due to COVID-19
Crime activity down in Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan discloses projects approved for financing within 'Almaty business-2025' program
Interior minister discloses number of crimes registered in Azerbaijan in 2020
Iran says won't accept new conditions within JCPOA
Azerbaijan names number of servicemen of Internal Troops of Interior Ministry who became martyrs
New memorandum between Azerbaijan and Turkey to be discussed
Azerbaijan shows footage from Alolar village of Kalbajar district (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijan confirms 503 more COVID-19 recoveries
Gazprom reveals volume of gas imported by Georgia from Russia
Share of nuts, fruits, citrus peels in Azerbaijan's total export increases
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on January 19
Azerbaijan starts vaccination against coronavirus (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Turkish, Azerbaijani businessmen to carry out joint projects to revive Karabakh
Uzbekistan eyes increasing share of national currency in sovereign bonds
Roadmap for co-op on Lapis-Lazuli project signed
Azerbaijan's Central Bank to improve banking infrastructure in regions during 2021
Azerbaijan's SOCAR Polymer becomes largest importer in Russia
All news