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Tunisia needs to promote economic partnership with Africa, PG says at Conference of Heads of Diplomatic Missions

Published the:  26/07/2017

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(TAP)- The 35th Annual Conference of Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions opened Wednesday in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, under the motto "Economic Diplomacy: Tunisian-African Cooperation as an Example."

The closing session of the three-day event, held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be chaired by the President of the Republic in Carthage.

The President of the Government Youssef Chahed told attendees, in an opening address, economic diplomacy remains an essential tool that will help Tunisia attain its targets as an emerging economy and a promising regional hub.

"Our expectations are high when it comes to our diplomacy," Chahed highlighted. "Our expectations match those challenges confronting Tunisia," he further said.

Tunisia needs to promote and diversify its economic partnership with African countries, the Premier highlighted in this connection.

Africa calls for particular attention not only in view of Tunisia\\'s geographical location but also considering the fact the continent has become highly competitive, The President of the Government indicated; Tunisia needs to build its presence there.

Youssef Chahed also said Tunisia wants to embark on a new stage, a strategic and ambitious one, that will see strategic partnerships sealed with African countries. He spoke about the progress made on the pathway towards stronger economic alliances in Africa. The government will spare no effort to put in place mechanisms that will ease the access of Tunisian resources and experts to Africa, he emphasised.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said Tunisia seeks to provide conditions needed to be a promising emerging economy, betting in this on its privileged geographical location and its human resources. Tunisia has the assets to become an economic hub in the Southern Mediterranean region, he added.

The FM said Tunisia needs to focus more on Africa after years of poor presence in the continent. To this end, a host of measures were taken to increase Tunisia\\'s diplomatic presence and trade relations. A meeting will be held next September on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly to follow up on the recommendations of Tunisia 2020 International Investment Conference held last November in Tunis.

Regional and inter-regional conferences will be held over two days with the participation of several government members and representatives of national organisations.

Interactive sessions are also on the agenda as well as an economic event (July 28) with the participation of representatives of economic bodies and the private sector and heads of diplomatic and consular missions.