Former Premier Mehdi Jomaa addressed to Club of Madrid members a message entitled “Inspiring Tunisia”, to rally international solidarity for Tunisia, on the occasion of the International Investment Conference “Tunisia 2020” to be held on November 29-30 in Tunis.
The message, delivered by Jomaa on Thursday, was signed by 11 figures including former leaders of Spain, South Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, Mexico, and Uruguay…
The signatories affirmed their commitment to turn words into actions by helping Tunisia achieve its democratic process and stressed their readiness to use their official relations network in addition to the civil society and the private sector to support the processes and initiatives of Tunisians and to contribute to the success of the “Inspiring Tunisia” initiative.
“Despite the difficult situation in which the investment conference is being held, all Tunisians, everyone at his own level, should contribute to the success of this event which stands out as the best way to find appropriate economic solutions. It is important today that each one makes the most of his relations network in the interest of Tunisia,” Jomaa told media on Friday.
“For my part, I have called for making this conference a success during the visits I made lately, and I felt the support of several Heads of States and PMs around the world”, he said.
According to Jomaa, the goal is “to turn words into actions for the success of this conference and to mobilise politicians’ efforts to contribute to promoting the conference.” He insisted on the need to monitor the conference’s results and their implementations and to deliver on the promises.
The former PM added that the signing of the “Inspiring Tunisia” message by members of the Club of Madrid, made up of some 60 figures including heads of states and PMs from around the world such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former French, European and African presidents, will continue.
Here is the full message of Club de Madrid :
Thirteen Club de Madrid Members, all of them democractically elected former Presidents and Prime Ministers from all over the world, have signed the manifesto “Inspiring Tunisia; Translating Words Into Actions” to endorse a positive narrative about the country, and help the Tunisia2020 conference succeed.
What Tunisia is accomplishing in terms of democratic transition, it aims at accomplishing in terms of economic renewal. Tunisia is organizing on November 29 and 30th an investment conference “Tunisia2020” aimed at securing financing and investments for public and private projects, and strengthening a positive branding about Tunisia.
Traslating words into actions
TUNISIA is inspiring. Its past is inspiring and the democratic future that Tunisians imagine for their country will continue to inspire the world;
It is inspiring to see a country persistently attach utmost importance to education since its independence;
It is inspiring to see institutions ‘walk the talk’ on transition to democracy in less than 4 years;
It is inspiring to see women proactively steering their future and that of their country;
It is inspiring to see civil society awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its consensus building efforts;
It is inspiring to see security forces tackle and overcome threats and modestly remain silent about their accomplishments;
It is inspiring to see youth believe in their future and enthusiastically shape it;
It is inspiring to see a population receive 1 million refugees in a year while maintaining its legendary hospitality untarnished;
It is inspiring to see civil servants adapt to new realities and keep working for a better future;
It is inspiring to see parents never give up on their children’s future;
It is inspiring to see farmers sow for the long term, whether it rains or not;
It is inspiring to see companies keep exploring the world in search for new markets;
It is inspiring to see that “thank you” in Tunisia means “May you live”;
TRANSLATING WORDS INTO ACTIONS
We are determined to translate our words into actions and help Tunisia achieve ‘a democracy that delivers’.
We will leverage our networks in government, civil society and the private sector to boost Tunisians’ endeavors and initiatives and contribute to Tunisian’s inspiring story.
We will forward all the projects presented by Tunisia to our networks and, in this way, continue to support Tunisia and its democratic development.
THE INITIAL PETITIONERS
- Mehdi JomaaHead of Government of Tunisia (2014 – 2015) and Club de Madrid Member, and initiator of “Inspiring Tunisia”
- Cassam Uteem, President of Mauritius (1999-2002) and Club de Madrid Vice-President
- Aníval Cavaco Silva, Prime Minister of Portugal (1985-1995) and Club de Madrid Member
- Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012) and Club de Madrid Member
- Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico (2006-2012) and Club de Madrid Member
- Hamadi Jebali, Prime Minister of Tunisia (2011-2013) and Club de Madrid Member
- Han Seung-soo, Prime Minister of South Korea (2008-2009) and Club de Madrid Member
- José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, President of Spain (2004-2011) and Club de Madrid Member
- José Manuel Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste (2007-2012), Club de Madrid Member and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1996.
- Julio María Sanguinetti(1985-1990; 1995-2000) and Club de Madrid Member
- Luis Alberto Lacalle, President de Uruguay (1990-1995) and Club de Madrid Member
- Rexhep Meidani, President of Albania (1995-2000) and Club de Madrid Member
- Wim Kok, Prime Minister of The Netherlands (1994-2002) and Club de Madrid Member
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