MULTILATERAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CRISIS: TURKEY-AFRICA PARTNERSHIP

May 12, 2020 | Tuesday

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With the global attention on COVID-19 pandemic, as each day brings new headlines of its impact on individuals, communities, businesses, markets and industries. Tackling this challenge requires multilateral response, international cooperation and global solidarity.

Turkey and several African countries have already begun to take steps at easing the lockdown measures imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus, but the ban on social gatherings is still in place.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Africa was expected to have the highest economic growth rate in the world. Besides, Turkey’s trade and investment relations with African countries were gradually taking place forward and blooming. However, the pandemic has changed the landscape and the dynamics of doing business with the continent. African countries has reported cases while the health care systems are inadequate, and the most worrisome thing about this, the uncertainty surrounding has raised concerns on how it could the virus spread, and how its economic effects might be catastrophic, with a sharp drop in exports and a rise in unemployment.

Despite all these negative indicators, Africa’s past experience and constant fight against recurring and infectious diseases have helped the countries to take necessary measures with regards to global trends. And, regional and multilateral financial institutions have mobilised the credits to provide front-line health services, support continuation of projects and keep economies afloat in the face of the worst global economic downturn. The strategic partnership of mutual-benefit and common development between Turkey and African continent has continued and been prioritized.

The webinar intends to bring high-level international experts, domestic private sector investors and business communities to engage in hot discussion topics such as;

  • Who is coping with the strain? Which countries are proving more resilient?
  • How African and Turkish companies are managing their business through this catastrophe?
  • What are the strategies of the governments and institutions to revive the economies?
  • How could Turkish and African private sectors cooperate during and after this crisis?

Download Reports
Final Report of Turkey-Africa II. Economic & Business Forum
Business Diplomacy Magazine Issue# Focusing on Turkey-Africa

Dr. Khaled SHERIF

Vice-President African Development Bank (AfDB)

Since November 2016, Dr. Khaled Sherif is the Vice-President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). He oversees the Bank’s sovereign operations via five regional hubs – North, South, East, West, and Central – 32 country offices and five liaison offices. In this capacity, Dr. Sherif also guides the Bank’s regional integration agenda, notably the support to the African Continental Free Trade Area, and its engagement in the continent’s fragile situations. Under his oversight, the AfDB has provided more USD 30 billion in sovereign lending to African Regional Member Countries.

An Egyptian national, Dr. Sherif is a highly respected and experienced economist and manager with more 28 years of experience within the African Development Bank and the World Bank, spanning strategic, operational and technical expertise in development and development finance. He has deep knowledge and extensive experience in project development, portfolio management and regional operations management.

Nail OLPAK

PresidentForeign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEiK)

Nail Olpak, was born in 1961 in İbecik, Burdur. He graduated from Aydın High School. Holding a degree of Mechanical Engineering Faculty from Istanbul Technical University, Olpak completed his postgraduate education in Energy field at Yıldız Technical University.

Starting his professional career at Umar Makina AS, Olpak, held the position as Vice Factory Manager at Özgün AS. Olpak worked as senior executive levels at Cankurtaran Holding and he left the group as Vice President.

Olpak established his own businesses named NORA Elektrik AS, PAK YATIRIM AS and OMN Insaat AS. He still holds the positions as the Chairman of the Board of the two companies and the board member of the third company.

Nail OLPAK serves as the President of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) since September 22, 2017. Also, Nail OLPAK currently serves as President & Chairman of the Executive Board of DEiK, Board Member of Export Credit Bank of Turkey (TURK EXIMBANK), Board Member of TURKCELL Company, Board Member of Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), President of World Turkish Business Council (DTIK), Member of High Advisory Board, MUSIAD and member of other several institutions.

Wamkele MENE

Secretary GeneralAfrican Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

H.E. Wamkele Mene was elected as the first Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 10th February 2020 by the 33rd Assembly of the African Heads of State.

H.E. Mene is a multilateral trade and development professional with almost two decades of experience in the implementation of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Agreement, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade, and World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements. Has a vast experience of effectively engaging at the highest political level of government in Africa, providing counsel on trade policy, trade negotiations and strategy.

Prior to his election as the Secretary General of the AfCFTA, he worked as a Senior Advisor & Independent Consultant on: International Trade Law & Investment Law – advising multinational corporations and multilateral development institutions on development engagement strategies relating to trade and investment in Africa. Prior to this, he held senior leadership positions including that of : Chief Director- Africa Multilateral Relations under the division of International Trade and Economic Development within the Department of trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa. He also served as Deputy Ambassador at the South African Permanent Mission to the WTO.

Admassu TADESSE

Chief ExecutiveTrade and Development Bank (TDB)

Admassu Tadesse is the President and Chief Executive of TDB (formerly trading as PTA Bank), the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank, since his appointment in 2011.

Previously, Mr. Tadesse was Executive Vice-President at the Development Bank of Southern Africa in Johannesburg, responsible for international finance and corporate strategy, where he served for 10 years.

Prior, he worked as an advisor, analyst and specialist, with various international funds and organizations in New York. Mr. Tadesse holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Wits Business School in South Africa.

He is also an alumni of Harvard Business School and the University of Western Ontario.He has served on several boards, trusts and industry bodies in Africa and internationally. He has lived and worked internationally for over 35 years, in some ten countries across three continents.

Husnu DILEMRE

Director General for International Agreements and EU AffairsTurkish Ministry of Trade

Since November 2019, Mr. Husnu Dilemre is Director General for International Agreements and EU Affairs at Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Turkey.

He is multilateral trade and development professional with the experience of implementation of policies of international trade in the scope of bilateral, intra-regional and inter-regional perspectives, negotiating, conducting or coordinating international trade and economic agreements, protocols and meetings with other countries or country groups on behalf of Turkish Government. He has a vast experience of counselling on trade policy, trade negotiations and strategy.

Previously he was coordinator and negotiator of Turkey at the WTO Doha Negotiations for 17 years. He also chaired the working group for trade issues under the OECD regulatory reform in Turkey. And, he was member of the Bureau, representing 55 countries of Europe at the negotiations for WHO framework convention on tobacco control. He also served as commercial attaché at Consulate General of Turkey in New York, NY-USA.

Nicholas NORBROOK

Managing DirectorThe Africa Report

Nicholas is a founding editor of The Africa Report. He has previously worked with Radio France International, and Africa Confidential. His research interests include industrialisation, Asia’s growth trajectory, and the political economy of the nation state.