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Turkey’s Energy Diversification Strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2003, by instituting a multidimensional foreign policy, Turkey has aimed to reach new geographies and regions by creating and using her soft power. A growing economy, historical connections with the targeted regions and close relations with western societies have resulted in a better reputation for Turkey, both in her region, and globally.

Turkey s Energy Diversification Strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Zambia Minister of Energy, Christopher Yaluma, gave a speech in Africa Energy Forum organized in İstanbul. AA PHOTO / BÜLENT DORUK
 

Currently, Turkey’s growing economy compels the private sector to find new energy resources. As an energy dependent country, Turkey has to generate enough electricity and find enough hydrocarbons to meet its economic growth. Sub-Saharan Africa is thus one of the targeted regions for Turkey’s foreign policymakers and energy strategists alike, as Turkey seeks to find new resources by expanding its impact in new regions. At the same time, Turkey aims to have these countries’ support in multilateral institutions. 

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