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This week President Erdoğan joined the BRİCS summit held in South Africa which has brought together heads of states from Brazil, Russia, İndia, China and South Africa in Johannesburg before later on visiting Zambia to discuss trade. These official trips are part of Ankara's new policy priority to establish new ties with emerging economies in Africa. Within the last 15 years Erdoğan has visited 23 African nations and this clearly indicates the strategic importance given by his administration to the continent and its potential for development.
Many bilateral agreements have been signed between Turkey and African governments as well the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) which operates 21 offices across the continent managing a wide range of development and humanitarian projects. Furthermore, some 5,000 African students have been offered scholarships by Turkey.
One of the reasons why Turkey will continue to receive a warm reception in the African content is their method of adopting a win win policy where everybody benefits. The presence of the Ottomans will continue to grow steadily with the emergence of stronger African economies. Turkeys biggest embassy and military base in the world is located in Somalia. Turkish schools have been opened in very many parts of the continent and Turkish language is one of the key languages being taught.