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Australian FM: Australia encourages skills-based migration policy

Published the:  10/03/2011

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March 10, 2011 - TAP - ''Australia encourages skills-based migration policy'' said Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd in a statement to TAP news agency on Thursday March 10, 2011 morning, after a meeting here with Foreign Minister Mouldi Kefi.
He also expressed the readiness of his Government to open up the job market for Tunisians and to offer "specialist scholarships" for young people willing to develop their expertise and practice for the benefit of Tunisia's economic priorities.
The Australian Official, on a working visit in Tunisia, chaired with his Tunisian counterpart, a working session devoted to looking at ways and means to boost bilateral cooperation and affirmed that his country is willing to develop cooperation with Tunisia in the fields of farming and education.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed on the occasion, providing for regular bilateral consultations about all the sectors offering potentialities for cooperation. Both sides also exchanged views over the latest developments on the regional and international scene.
The Head of Australia's Diplomacy hailed the people's revolution in Tunisia, affirming the support of his government to the process of democratic transition started in the country and expressed hope that this process will be successful so as to reinforce ''the freedom and prosperity Tunisia's people long for''.
The Foreign Minister expressed for his part satisfaction at the care Australia is taking of Tunisia in this period of democratic transition, stressing Tunisia's will to build-up strong partnership with Australia in the fields of investment, farming, higher education and employment.
He also extended Tunisia's thanks to Australia for its contribution to the International Humanitarian Aid provided to refugees at Tunisian-Libyan borders.