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Caretaker President receives Planning and International Co-operation Minister

Published the:  06/07/2011

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July 06, 2011 - TAP - Interim President Foued Mebazaa received, on Wednesday at Carthage Palace, Planning and International Co-operation Minister Abdelhamid Triki who gave him an account on Ministry's activities.
Mr. Triki spoke of his department's efforts during the last months, its follow-up of the economic situation, elaboration of a back-up programme to the national economic activities and implementation of measures provided for by additional finance law.
Regarding actions carried out on the international scene to mobilise financial resources, the Minister particularly cited the programme related to reforms in the fields of good governance, employment and regional development.
This programme, which has earned support of the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the French Co-operation Agency, reaped 2 billion dinars.
Mr. Triki also said he had discussed with Mr. Mebazaa bilateral co-operation relations, particularly with Algeria and France. Boosting co-operation with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) was also a focal point of the audience, citing the signing of a convention for the construction of the Boussalem/Oued Zarga motorway, the credit granted to the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) and funding of the European Investment Bank.
Foreign investments were also an issue of the meeting. Emphasis was placed on guidance of the foreign firms installed in Tunisia, so as to help them overcome hardships they are facing.
It is to be reminded, that during the last five months, extensions were made in 80 foreign enterprises based in Tunisia, in addition to the creation of 66 new enterprises.
As regards efforts to re-assure foreign investors and encourage them to invest in Tunisia, the Minister suggested the organisation of economic days in several countries, as well as the holding of a forum on investment.
The positive balance sheet of all these initiatives confirm, he said, the national economy's promising prospects, as well as the trust and interest that Tunisia enjoys among the regional and international financial institutions which depend on the climate of security and stability.