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Economic partnership to be strengthened by other agreements

Published the:  23/01/2012

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January 23, 2012 - TAP - Tunisia and Turkey agreed to conclude several co-operation agreements in the industry, investment, tourism and trade fields, announced Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, on Monday in Tunis.
Following his talk, on Monday in Tunis, with Prime Minister HamadiJebali, the Turkish Minister pointed out that, in the industry sector, it was agreed on to create a Tunisian-Turkish free-trade zone to stimulate investments between the two countries and favour technological transfer.
These co-operation conventions also concern the opening, in Tunisia, of an office of the Turkish Technical Co-operation Agency in Tunisia so as to bolster Tunisian-Turkish technical co-operation and favour exchange of expertise between the two countries.
In matters of investment, notably in the tourist field, the Turkish Minister said that the Turkish businessmen presently visiting Tunisia voiced their readiness to invest in this sector and create joint projects with Tunisia, in addition to boosting of tourist flows between the two countries.
Mr. Caglayan said that his country is determined to further strengthen its economic and trade co-operation with Tunisia, estimating that the trade exchanges between the two countries could reach $5 billion annually, against $1.1 billion presently.
The Turkish official announced, during a meeting with the press, that Turkish President Abdullah Gul will pay a visit to Tunisia, on March 7-9, 2012, leading a government and businessmen's delegation.
Mr. Caglayan arrived, on Sunday in Tunis, leading a high-level delegation made up of several businessmen and senior executives.