Tunisian expertise takes part in KAS-BUSINESSMED workshop on Mediterranean free trade agreements

One year after the first workshop organized on economic recovery, BUSINESSMED and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gathered in Turkey on October 14, 2022, leading experts operating in the Mediterranean region for a conference on the economic recovery in Europe and free trade agreements.

The event saw the participation of two Tunisian experts, Ms ChemaTriki, currently responsible for industrialization at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and focuses on economic transformation and private sector development in Africa and working on job creation, development of industry and SMEs and employment policies. 

The second Tunisian expert to participate in the event Ms. Saoussen ben Romdhane is currently a Trade Development Officer at the International Trade Centre ITC in Geneva. She has a background as a professor of economics and specializes in international trade and has been an economic advisor to the government of Dubai, in charge of trade affairs at the European Commission in Tunis and a strategy consultant at the African Development Bank.

Part of a series of expert consultations for a sustainable economic recovery in the southern Mediterranean region, the workshop organized by KAS PolDiMed and BUSINESSMED aimed to provide an overview of the current economic and geopolitical context of the Euro-Mediterranean region and to examine the prerequisites and prospects for economic cooperation between the EU and the southern Mediterranean countries, with a focus on trade-related infrastructure and logistics.

The event also included a visit to the premises of AKSOY Holding, one of the largest holding companies in Turkey, where the experts participating in the conference had the pleasure of exchanging with the CEO of the group as well as several of its employees on experiences, challenges and best practices in economic recovery and resilience.

The recommendations and ideas developed during each panel will be used to publish a recommendation paper later this year to prepare for future joint events between the two organizations. 


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