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Caretaker PM confers with German Economic Co-operation and Development Minister

Published the:  02/07/2011

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July 02, 2011 - TAP - Interim Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi conferred, on Saturday in Tunis, with Germany's Minister of Economic Co-operation and Development Dirk Niebel.
At the end of the talk, the German minister said that the meeting had offered the opportunity to review with the PM the state of affairs of bilateral co-operation, expressing his country's keenness to back up the "Arab Spring" which started in Tunisia.
Since the January 14 Revolution, Germany has launched three funds dedicated to supporting the democratic transition process in Tunisia, the vocational training sector and access to financial services, respectively.
The aim, Mr. Niebel went on explaining, is to guarantee the best employment prospects, notably for the benefit of youths.
The meeting also allowed to review the opportunities of co-operation with German universities and enterprises in the education and vocational training sector.
Besides, the German minister pointed out that stability is a priority to convince German investors to set up projects in Tunisia.
In the tourism field, he said, Tunisia possesses an archeological and cultural heritage that allows it to attract larger German tourist flows.
Mr. Niebel also highlighted Tunisia's laudable efforts in coping with the refugee issue on its borders with Libya, announcing that Germany has made available to the World Food Programme (PAM) 500,000 euros to assist refugees on the Tunisian territory.
On the issue of illegal immigration, the German minister announced that his country is more inclined to support the "circular emigration" concept which consists in enabling Tunisian nationals to come to Germany to develop their skills and offering them access to the country's training system before they return home.