“If you continue in this direction, I am confident that your country will fully succeed in the process of political transition,” says Xavier Bettel
The three Prime Ministers of Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) Charles Michel, Mark Rutte and Xavier Bettel visited the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of Tunis (INSAT) as part of their working visit in Tunisia on December 5-6.
This visit provided the opportunity for an exchange of views between the three Prime Ministers of Benelux and INSAT students at a meeting held on this occasion.
At the gathering, Xavier Bettel told some 600 students that during the jasmine revolution, the Tunisian people showed determination and courage. He also highlighted the path drawn by Tunisian people based on consensus and compromise.
“If you continue in this direction, I am confident that your country will fully succeed in the process of political transition,” he said.
The debate between the INSAT students and the Benelux Prime Ministers mainly focused on issues of major concern for Tunisian students in general and INSAT students in particular.
According to Nabil Zeddini Engineer and former INSAT student , the debate tackled the end-of-study projects of INSAT students in Tunisia and the European Union (EU) countries in general.
The exchange of views also focused on the new conventions and treaties between INSAT and the European countries as was the case with Lyon’s INSAT in France.
Cooperation in the field of university research, investment in Tunisia in particular, the skills of Tunisian students, the recognition of university degrees in the EU and the socio-economic crisis in Tunisia were also discussed during the debate, Nabil Zeddini told Tunisianmonitoronline.
The two-day visit by the Benelux prime ministers comes as part of a successful hosting of an International Investment Conference “Tunisia 2020” which saw countries and donor partners pledge billions of dollars in aid and loans.
During their meeting with Tunisian senior officials, the Benelux prime ministers have also expressed their commitment to finance programmes and projects in Tunisia aimed at boosting employment, economic development, social progress, prevention of extremism and support for reform of the security and finance sectors.