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The Netherlands pledge to further invest in economic reform in Tunisia

Published the:  02/03/2016

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02 March 2016 - TAP  - The Netherlands pledge to further invest in the economic reform in Tunisia as well as in job creation said, on Wednesday Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders, after a meeting with Prime Minister Habib Essid, in an official visit since yesterday in this country.

Reminding that some 90 Dutch companies are active in Tunisia, the Dutch official, whose country is now chairing the European Union Council, asserted that “Tunisia is a friendly country and partner of the Netherlands and the European Union.”

At a joint statement with Essid, Mr.Koenders explained that the co-operation fields between the two countries are economy, tourism, migration and fight against extremism.  The situation in Libya and the relations between Tunisia and the European Union were also raised during the meeting, the Dutch FM specified.

In turn, Habib Essid underlined that the development plan “2016-2020” is currently being prepared before submitting it, within one month, to the House of the People’s Representatives.  “We strongly urge the

Netherlands to participate in the future international conference to be held in Tunisia on financing projects of this development plan” Essid further said.

In this connection, he reminded that the greatest projects ever achieved in Tunisia since independence, the clean-up of the Tunis lake, was achieved by Dutch companies.  Emphasis was placed during this talk on the importance to boost the bilateral co-operation ties in matters of culture and tourism, he added.

Besides, Habib Essid said that the talks turned on the security problemwhich becomes a priority” citing the Libyan crisis which, he reminded concerns, in first place Tunisia, a neighbour country.

This requires the support of the international community and the support of the Netherlands as a member of the European Union,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Local Affairs Youssef Echahed, Minister of Culture Sonia M’barek and Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Salma Rékik.