Prime Minister Youssef Chahed will visit Monday Niamey, capital of Niger, the first stage of his African tour during which he will also visit Burkina Faso and Mali.
This 4-day tour aims to activate economic diplomacy between Tunisia and the sub-Saharan countries, to boost cooperation in various sectors, to strengthen trade and to conquer new markets.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by 4 ministers, namely, Ministers of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Industry and Trade, Vocational Training and Employment, and Health.
The Tunisian delegation will also include 80 Tunisian businessmen who will participate, along with their counterparts from Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, in businessmen forums to reach agreements and programmes for economic and trade exchanges.
In Niamey, Chahed will meet with Nigerian President Issoufou Mahamadou and hold talks with Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and Seyni Tini, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.
Upon his arrival in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the Prime Minister will preside over the opening of a Tunisian-Burkinabe economic forum and will have talks with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thiéba, and Speaker of the National Assembly, Salif Diallo. On Wednesday April 5, he will inaugurate the headquarters of the Tunisian embassy in Ouagadougou.
Then, Chahed will visit Bamako, the capital of Mali, where he will meet with his counterpart Modibo Keïta, the forum of Tunisian-Malian businessmen, and will meet President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and Speaker of parliament Issaka Sidibé.
During the three stages of this African tour, the Prime Minister will meet with the Tunisian expatriates in these countries.