Visit of Youssef Chahed to France for seeking economic boost

(Tunisian Monitor OnLine) – “The visit of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has an economic and political dimension.

Chahed will seek more consistent support from France, Tunisia’s 1st partner.

The visit is strategic insofar as it takes place at a moment in which Tunisia faces difficult economic and social challenges.

Youssef Chahed is accompanied on this visit with the Ministers of Tourism and Handicrafts and of Development, Investment and International Co-operation, the Minister in Charge of Relations with the House of People’s Representatives and Spokesman for the Government and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in Charge of Immigration and Tunisians Expatriates.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday he will visit Tunis in late November to participate in the International Conference on Investment “Tunisia 2020” scheduled for November 29 and 30.

“France is fully committed to Tunisia and its government to help it promote its reforms and contribute to the success of its democratic transition,” he said at the end of his meeting in Paris with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

Valls stressed his country’s determination to help mobilise the international community, businesses, entrepreneurs and donors for the development of Tunisia “in a particularly courageous reform context.”

“I have confirmed to the Prime Minister that I will come to Tunis in late November for bilateral meetings and to open with him this Conference because France must fully fulfill its leading role,” he said.

According to the French Prime Minister, France will be present with a large number of entrepreneurs and companies insofar as France is the first country generating foreign investment in Tunisia.

During this meeting, emphasis was placed on France’s support plan for Tunisia, in particular with regard to the implementation of the EUR 1 billion five-year support plan announced By French President François Hollande in 2015.

Manuel Valls also called on French tourists to return to Tunisia and take full advantage of their holidays in this “beautiful country”.

Tourism is a driving element of the Tunisian economy and the security situation has improved considerably, he said at the end of his meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

Youssef Chahed will be received Thursday by French President François Hollande.


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