Tunis — US Under-Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert D. Hormats reiterated U.S. commitment to help Tunisia and support its economic reform.
Mr. D. Hormats is presently visiting Tunisia on June 13-14, 2012 leading an American businessmen delegation.
He said, Wednesday, during a meeting with the press held in the American Embassy in Tunis, "we firmly support Tunisia through technical assistance, encouragement of investment, job creation..." "Tunisia is an extremely interesting site for investment and businesses, given its skilled human resources, its qualified firms, its culture, its history and its geographical location."
American businessmen, he asserted, are willing to invest in the country and conclude partnerships with the Tunisian firms in different fields including energy, construction of air crafts engines, infrastructure (portsà), New Information and Communication Technology (NICT), the pharmaceutical industries and food industries.
The US Under-Secretary specified "the American investors are mainly interested in partnerships with the Tunisian small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)."
"To encourage the businessmen to invest in the country, the Tunisian government should further strive to make the business climate more favorable to investment, notably in matters of security and also guarantee, the respect of the intellectual property", he specified.
For his part, U.S. ambassador in Tunis Gordon Gray voiced "hope to see the Tunisian government guarantee more security for the Tunisians."
In turn, Mr. David Hamouda, Chairman and Executive Director of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), estimated that Tunisia could develop partnership and investment, especially in knowledge economy and Franchise.
More than 80 American firms operating in the electronic and NICT fields are implanted in Tunisia.