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Tunisian-Burkina Faso economic forum opens in Ouagadougou

Published the:  05/04/2017

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The President of the Government Youssef Chahed said Wednesday during his visit to Ouagadougou, that Tunisia and Burkina Faso, two countries that respect the values of human rights, democracy, pluralism and freedom, must combine their efforts in order to guarantee the right to the economic and social development of their people.

He added, at the opening of the Tunisian-Burkinabe Economic Forum, that trade between the two countries has changed considerably over the last five years.

The creation of a Tunisian embassy in the Burkinabe capital illustrates the will to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, said Chahed.

Burkinabe Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thiéba said his country aims to diversify cooperation fields with Tunisia in particular in investment and social affairs sectors. On this occasion, he commended the support granted by Tunisia to Burkina Faso in the implementation of several social projects.

The visit of Chahed to Ouagadougou was also an occasion to examine various issues of common interests including the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, added the Burkinabe Prime Minister.

President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), Wided Bouchamaoui, said that the employers' organisation is aware of the importance of investment in the African countries and of the bilateral cooperation to achieve equitable development.

A communication office is being made available to Burkinabe businessmen to help identify many investment opportunities and means of cooperation with their Tunisian counterparts, she added.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso, said the forum, which represents an opportunity to energise partnership between the two countries’ businessmen, is the fruit of the recommendations of the 7th Tunisian-Burkinabe commission, held in Tunis in September 2016.

Cooperation agreements were signed in this forum between UTICA and the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce and Industry.