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Chahed kicks off works of Sousse JCI Africa and Middle East 2017 Conference

Published the:  04/05/2017

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(TAP) - The President of the Government Youssef Chahed assured Wednesday in Sousse that Tunisia remains committed to the path of democracy and transition, towards the establishment of a model of equitable and balanced development, based on the principles of transparency and good governance.

Kick-off works of the Africa and Middle East 2017 Conference of the Sousse Junior Chamber International (JCI), Chahed estimated that efforts exerted by the governments are no longer sufficient to take up posed challenges.

"These efforts require the support of the active forces and especially youths active within the civil society," he said, pointing out that the participation of youths and civil society in national public life is today a reality of the new Tunisia.

The Premier commended the contribution of JCI members to disseminate the culture of peace in the world, recalling the success of Tunisia in national dialogue and consensus among the various political forces, which earned it the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

Chahed also reiterated the willingness of the National Unity Government to support the efforts of national and international civil society for the establishment of dialogue and peace in the world, inviting the participants in the conference to come massively to the march for peace planned next Saturday in Sousse.

The congress, held in Sousse May 3-6, offers the opportunity to shed light on the riches of the countries participating in the organisation of an economic and trade exhibition, which will include also international competitions in the field of eloquence and debates, organising committee director Slim Al Haj Mabrouk told TAP.

"The congress will also offer the occasion to promote the image of Tunisia as a civilised country, offering great investment opportunities and publicise its people who banish violence and extremism," he added.

He specified that the choice of the city of Sousse had been made at the Africa and Middle East Congress held last year in Johannesburg, South Africa, indicating that it will be a new opportunity to confirm the capacity of young Tunisian skills to assume responsibility and take initiatives.

On the agenda of the congress, intellectual conferences, workshops and contact sessions between Tunisian promoters, businessmen and government officials, businessmen and foreign businessmen and investors. These contacts are aimed to exchange views on economic co-operation, investment opportunities and experiences. The programme also includes visits to tourist and cultural sites.

Over 700 participants from nearly 30 African countries, as well as from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, are taking part in this event, in addition to honour guests from European, Asian and American countries.