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Chahed calls Tunisians abroad to close ranks to defend nation’s interests

Published the:  28/07/2017

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(TAP) – The President of the Government Youssef Chahed called Friday Tunisians abroad to close ranks to defend the interests of the Nation and restore Tunisia the place it deserves in the world.

In his address on the opening of the annual forum of Tunisians abroad in Tunis, Chahed said that over one million 300 thousand Tunisians live abroad thus representing a force of investment creation and promotion in Tunisia.

The PG pointed out in this regard that the government is currently working on a comprehensive strategy to attract Tunisian skills living abroad.

In this connection, he recalled the various measures adopted for the benefit of Tunisians abroad, including the authorisation to import a second car at the time of final return, the right of the mother to take steps to obtain a passport for her children and the opening of a new maritime line Zarzis-Marseille.

Among the other measures announced on July 17 for Tunisians abroad, the premier spoke of the simplification of procedures at ports and airports and the reinforcement of port security to better protect passengers.

Besides, Chahed reviewed the measures taken for the current year, noting that the Government is working to reinforce Arabic language learning for the Tunisian expatriate community children in cultural and social centres.

Tunisia needs today the active participation of Tunisians abroad in the country’s economy in addition to their contribution in the transfer plan of 4 thousand million dinars each year, i.e. a 5% share of GDP and also in terms of their active participation in promoting investment, added Chahed.