PMs of Benelux pledge to keep enthusiasm and hope millions of young people placed in democratic transition

The three Prime Ministers of Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) Charles Michel, Mark Rutte and Xavier Bettel are paying a working visit in Tunisia on December 5-6.

We have come to work together and tell you that you are an example,” said on Monday Xavier Bettel Prime Minister of Luxembourg as he was received on Monday along with his Belgian and Dutch counterparts Charles Michel and Mark Rutte, by President Beji Caid Essebsi.

“The economy of Tunisia must operate, it is the best prevention against terrorism and extremism,” he said.

“We are here to see how we can help keep this enthusiasm and hope that millions of young people have placed in this democratic transition,” he said.

In another connection, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said that Belgium will reconvert part of the Tunisian debt into investment projects for the recovery of Tunisia’s economy,” at a meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed together with  Mark Rutte and Xavier Bettel, respectively,

The Belgian Prime Minister underlined that these investments will enable Tunisia to create new jobs and improve its growth rate.

Mr. Charles Michel affirmed his country’s support for strengthening the democratic institutions, the development of the economy and boosting partnership in the security field through the intensification of training of the security forces.

For his part, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel expressed his country’s readiness to support Tunisia in the fields of youth training and micro-finance.

He added that the Luxembourg “House of training” for financial services sector is willing to release the necessary budgetary resources to support the reform efforts undertaken by Tunisia in the financial sector.

With the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg is also supporting a microfinance programme in Tunisia to improve the regulatory framework and strengthen the capacity of microfinance institutions, he said.

In turn, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte affirmed his country’s readiness to support Tunisia in its efforts to fight unemployment and ensure security to achieve economic growth. “Creating projects and jobs for youth is the best way to fight radicalism,” he said.

The three prime ministers of Benelux affirmed their willingness to support Tunisia in the political, economic and security fields to fight against terrorism, organised crime and extremism.


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