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Tunisian-Ivorian relations between reality and prospects

Published the:  23/04/2016

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23 April 2016 - TAP - The working and friendship visit Prime Minister Habib Essid is paying, April 25-26 to Côte d’Ivoire, at the invitation of his opposite number Daniel Kablan Duncan, has a particular importance for both countries.

Essid will co-chair with Duncan works of the 8th session of the Tunisian-Ivorian high joint commission whose last meeting dates back to February 2002.

Bilateral agreements will be signed on the sidelines of the meeting, regarding particularly the fields of higher education and scientific research, social affairs and agriculture.

The long-standing relations binding Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire date back to 1965. They are founded on a set of over 42 conventions and protocols signed between the two countries.

Nevertheless, Tunisian-Ivorian relations have lived through years of diplomatic chill during the last decade, in view of political instability there and the revolution in Tunisia and its aftermath.

Relations however, started to warm up after Alassane Ouattara came into power and then after his re-election in 2015.

Two co-operation agreements were signed in June 2015, by the two countries; the first provides for investments promotion and protection and the second regards fight against double taxation.

Tunisian exports to Côte d’Ivoire were up from 31.9 million dinars in 2009 to 71.340 million dinars in 2015, thanks to the opening in 2009 of an representation of the Exports Promotion Centre (CEPEX) in Abidjan.

The Ivorian exports to Tunisia were down in 2015 with 14.9 million dinars against 35.4 million dinars in 2009.