Tunisia, France eye increased trade

Industry and Trade Minister Zied Ladhari and French Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Baptiste Lemoyne agreed, as they met Saturday, to increase trade and develop economic relations, in line with a roadmap that will be jointly worked out in the coming months.

“We spoke about avenues to develop cooperation,” Ladhari told reporters following a talk in the presence of France’s Ambassador in Tunis Olivier Poivre d’Arvor and Secretary of State for Trade Abdellatif Hmam.

 “Our French partners showed great enthusiasm and willingness and the same commitment to keep on strengthening our privileged relations, ” he further indicated.

Ladhari also said a roadmap will be drawn up and discussed at a Cooperation Council meeting set for early October, ahead of the French President’s visit by the end of the year.

There is need to focus cooperation on sectors with a strong growth potential, including aeronautics, the car industry, pharmaceuticals, textile, mechanical and electrical engineering industries, tourism, IT and scientific research, the Minister highlighted.

Jean Baptiste Lemoyne called “fruitful” the meeting with Tunisian officials and said “the relationship between the two countries is dense and excellent but we aspire to much more.”

The two countries want to double trade in such a way as to bring benefits to both parties, he underscored.

Lemoyne also said Meetings Africa 2017, slated for next October, will provide an opportunity for the two countries’ economic actors to be in the front line.

Partnership will help generate jobs for youth in both countries and address social issues.


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