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PM in Beijing: "Tunisia should strengthen its openness to Chinese market"

Published the:  05/09/2018

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(TAP/Ahlem Jabri) - "Tunisia and one of the African countries that have developed a large industrial capacity and should, as an exporting country, strengthen its openness to the Chinese market", Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said Tuesday in Beijing.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his participation in the 3rd Forum on China-Africa Co-operation held in Beijing, he stressed "the need to remedy Tunisia's trade deficit with China", “Tunisia would benefit from expanding its cooperation with China, which has become one of the world's largest economic powers, particularly in the fields of technology and agriculture", he pointed out.

 Chahed expressed the hope that the agreements reached by the Tunisian and Chinese sides Tuesday will lead to positive results and have a positive effect on development and employment in Tunisia.

The Prime Minister also considered that the infrastructure development agreements in southern Tunisia are likely to unleash a real economic and development dynamic in this region.

 Regarding the commitments made by the Chinese president to mobilise $ 60 billion to support 8 development and investment initiatives in African countries, Chahed said "Tunisia is concerned by these initiatives and that a monitoring committee bringing together the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Ministry and the relevant ministries will be set up to follow up on this issue ".

 He also spoke of the possibility of establishing triangular co-operation between Tunisia, China and African countries, given the strategic location of Tunisia and its privileged relations with African countries.

Chahed also stressed Tunisia's ability to diversify its export markets, outside its traditional market, Europe, saying that "exports represent an essential engine of development for the country".

In Beijing, the Prime Minister met with the Algerian Prime Minister, with whom he discussed the exemplary and strategic relations between the two countries and reviewed various issues of common interest, including the fight against terrorism and the situation in Libya