Turkey has so far provided scholarships to 558 Ghanaian students to study in Turkey. Turkey’s Ambassador to Ghana, Özlem Ergün Ulueren revealed this during the celebration of the 99th anniversary of Turkey’s Republic Day in Accra on Monday, October 31.
She said empowering human capital was an important program of Turkey’s cooperation with Ghana and it is with this vision in mind that the scholarships were awarded.
“We believe in the power of education for transformation and development. The Turkiye Maarif Foundation is now expanding its operations in Ghana by moving to a new campus,” she said.
Republic Day of Turkey
October 29 is celebrated in Turkey as Republic Day. It marked the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923. After Turkey’s victory in the War of Independence (1919-1923), the Turkish Parliament proclaimed the new Turkish state as a republic.
A new Constitution, which Parliament adopted on October 29, 1923, replaced the Constitution of the Ottoman Empire. The leader of the Turkish War of Independence, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, became the country’s first president on the same day. According to Atatürk, Republic Day in Turkey was the most important holiday.
In Accra, the celebration brought together government and public officials, Turkish nationals and members of the diplomatic corps who had the opportunity to sample some of Turkey’s delicacies, music and a video documentary about the country.
Ms. Ulueren revealed that the presence of African students in universities across Turkey is steadily increasing, with more than 15,000 scholarships awarded to African students.
She said that in line with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s vision, the African orientation has become one of the strong pillars of Turkish foreign policy.
Discussing diplomatic relations between Ghana and Turkey, Ms. Ulueren said the two countries enjoyed a long history of friendship and diplomatic relations dating back to Ghana’s independence.
She explained that bilateral relations between the two countries have gained momentum since President Erdogan’s official visit to the country in 2016.
She said Turkish companies have so far proven their ability to contribute to Ghana’s development efforts and new opportunities are visible in other sectors.
Deputy Defense Minister Kofi Amankwa-Manu said this year marks the 64th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ghana and Turkey and expressed his delight that the relationship which began between the two countries in 1958 has been fruitful and mutually beneficial.
He said Ghana valued its relations with Turkey and welcomed the cooperation between them in various fields which had deepened the ties of friendship and cooperation.
He called on Turkish investors, as well as other foreign partners, to take advantage of Ghana’s economic position in Africa to tap into the African market.