Turkey will attach more importance in 2020 to Africa, which possesses important potential, said Turkey’s trade minister.

Market diversification is important for Turkey because the world faces trade wars and protectionism, Ruhsar Pekcan told Anadolu Agency.

Noting that Turkey’s exports rose yearly by 10% to North Africa and 12% to other African countries in 2019, Pekcan stressed that a Turkey-Africa summit would be organized this April with the participation of country leaders.

She said the Trade Ministry and the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey would hold another event, the Turkey-Africa Economy and Business Forum, in October 2020.

Pekcan, who

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