THE Turkish Health Ministry has expressed readiness to cooperate with Zambia in developing the country’s health sector and promote health tourism.
According to Turkish local media Daily Sabah, at a recent meeting between Mehmet Kılıçkaya, a top official at Turkey’s International Health Services (USHAŞ), and Zambian envoy Joseph Chilengi, both sides expressed a willingness to boost bilateral cooperation.
“Our mandate is to promote the Turkish health system,” said Kılıçkaya, adding that it is effectively dealing with the coronavirus pandemic at home while also helping other countries.
The Zambian envoy said that Zambia, as part of its 7th National Development Plan, seeks to focus on the health sector.
“Turkey’s health system is globally competitive … we have seen it during challenging times,” Chilengi said. “Infrastructure and systems are always being enhanced and expertise shared with the rest of the world.”
Meanwhile, a Zambian firm has also signed a deal with a Turkish manufacturer for motor vehicles and heavy industrial filters that match European Union standards.
Trade volume between Turkey and Zambia in 2019 was US$23.8 million.
Turkey’s exports to Zambia were worth US$17.86 million, whereas its imports from East African amounted to US$5.9 million.