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Interim Prime Minister receives delegation of businessmen from Rhône-Alpes

Published the:  17/01/2012

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January 17, 2012 - TAP - Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali received, on Tuesday, a delegation of heads of enterprises from the French Rhône-Alpes region, who represent the Tunisian-Rhône-Alpes Association for Economic Relations Promotion (ASTRA).
Association Chairman Riadh Cherchir told TAP news agency, that the meeting had looked at means to develop economic relations between Tunisia and Rhône-Alpes province and other French regions.
He specified that the delegation is motivated to do business in the health and energy sectors, specifying that ASTRA heads of enterprise are projecting to create economic ventures in Tunisia and conduct surveys on the achievement of mid- and long-term investments.
"We consider ourselves as Tunisia's Ambassador in France. We are endeavoring to set in motion a dynamics between the two countries' businessmen," ASTRA Chairman asserted, voicing wish that Tunisian media will help restore confidence in post-Revolution Tunisia as a stable country which is forging ahead on the path of excellence.
Mr. Cherchir recalled that the number of French enterprises operating in Tunisia stands at 1,300 and that they have not been affected by the Revolution events, affirming that French investment in Tunisia will go on.
He pointed out, in this regard, that the cost of setting up enterprises in Tunisia is "competitive," the labour force is "skilled," training centres and universities are "credible" and the banking system is "respectable."
For his part, ASTRA Deputy-Chairman Bernard Guth said that the delegation had paid tribute to post-Revolutionary Tunisia and discussed means to help the country resolve the unemployment problem and adaptation of diplomas to the enterprises' needs.
Created last June, ASTRA gathers French-Tunisian and French heads of enterprise and economic associations in the Rhône-Alpes province which is France's first economic region.