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Tunisia, Morocco sign 9 agreements, executive programmes and MoU

Published the:  19/06/2017

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(TAP Correspondent Moufida Ben Touati) – Tunisia and Morocco, on Monday, signed nine co-operation agreements, executive programmes and memoranda of understanding, at the end of the 19th session of the Tunisian-Moroccan High Joint Commission held in Rabat.

The agreements, signed by The President of the Government Youssef Chahed and his Moroccan counterpart Saadeddine El Othmani, concern Signed by the head of government Youssef Chahed and his Moroccan counterpart, Saâdeddine El Othmani, these agreements concern youth, vocational training, employment, investment, export, consumer protection and legal and scientific and industrial metrology.

At the opening of the meeting, Youssef Chahed reaffirmed Tunisia's commitment to give fresh impetus to Tunisian-Moroccan co-operation, particularly by boosting joint action, promoting bilateral partnership and diversifying its fields.

Chahed stressed that the meeting in Rabat of the 19th session of the Tunisian-Moroccan High Joint Commission will identify the necessary mechanisms for expanding co-operation and overcoming the various difficulties encountered in this regard.

The President of the Government  said that despite the development of co-operation between the two countries, the volume of trade still lags behind expectations.

He expressed the hope that the recommendations of the 19th session of the Tunisian-Moroccan High Joint Commission would contribute to increasing trade, particularly through the incentives offered by the free trade agreement signed by the two countries in 1999.

Chahed also called for taking advantage of the benefits of the Arab Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the Agadir Agreement.

In addition, The President of the Government hoped that the second session of the Tunisian-Moroccan Economic Forum would meet as soon as possible (first session held in Tunis in 2014) so ​​as to allow the two countries’ investors and business operators to engage in active partnerships in the areas of trade, agriculture, industry, energy, health, tourism and the service sector.

On another level, Youssef Chahed noted that developments in several Arab countries are a source of danger that threatens the entire.

This danger, he said, requires intensified efforts at the bilateral, Maghreb, Arab, African and Mediterranean levels and in various international bodies.

He stressed the urgent need to achieve a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis in the presence of the various factions without any exclusion to preserve the unity of the country and restore its peace and stability.

On the situation in Syria and Yemen, The President of the Government insisted on the urgent need for a solution that preserves the blood of these brotherly peoples and protects them from the pangs of war and terrorism.

For his part, the Moroccan Prime Minister described the relations between the two countries and the two peoples as "excellent", stressing the need to further develop them.

He recalled the role played by Tunisia in favor of the re-integration of Morocco into the African Union.

Co-operation is necessary to ensure promising prospects for stability and development in both countries," he said.

"Though good, politically, the relations between the two countries need to be consolidated at the economic level, said the Moroccan PM.

He emphasised the need to consider new initiatives to strengthen the economic complementarity between the two countries and to serve their mutual interests.