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Tunisia, Algeria agree to step up co-operation in tourism, trade and security

Published the:  17/05/2015

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17 May 2015 – TAP - A series of working sessions brought together  Sunday Tunisian and Algerian ministers, as part of a two-day official visit which Prime Minister Habib Essid started Saturday in Algeria at the head of a governmental delegation.

The two sides agreed to:

  • Reactivate the Tunisia-Algeria Joint Commission on Tourism and Handicrafts which will convene next week.
  • Strengthen co-operation in tourism and handicrafts training. 
  • Develop a new program to boost tourism and handicrafts co-operation 
  • Devise a joint program to promote the Tunisia and Algeria destinations by boosting the potential of both countries
  • Consider the possibility of creating a tourist shipping service to increase tourist flows in the two countries    
  • Better insurance and health services  
  • Increase air and land transport between the two countries   
  • Boost co-operation between travel agencies
  • Encourage investment in tourism 
  • Reinvigorate the Protocol on Co-operation in Handicrafts concluded  in 2013.
  • Reactivate the Tunisia-Algeria Committee on Trade.
  • Strengthen security and military coordination between Tunisia and Algeria, particularly as regards borders.

In addition, Tunisia pledged to upgrade services in the ten border crossings.  

The working sessions were attended by :

Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Selma Elloumi,

Trade Minister Ridha, Lahoual

Secretary of State in charge of Security Rafik Chelli.

Algerian Minister of Planning, Tourism and Handicrafts Amar Ghoul,

Minister of Commerce Amara Benyounés, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Spatial Planning, Tourism

Handicrafts in Charge of Crafts Aicha Tagabuo

Secretary-General of the Interior Ministry Ahmed Adli