28 June 2012

Tunisia: 'Tunisia Does Have All Assets of Success,' Says Premier Jebali

Paris — "Tunisia possesses all assets to succeed. This is a true advantage and, at the same time, it a responsibility for us," said Prime Minister Hammadi Jebali, who took part in a conference on: "Tunisia's Economic Revival: Which Policy and for Which Projects between Tunisia and France?"

Guest of honour of the 10th SMEs Planet in Paris, an annual event organised by the General Conference of the Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CGSMEs), Mr. Jebali highlighted, when speaking to a group of businessmen and heads of enterprise, the complexity of the national and international context in which the Tunisian economy is evolving.

Today, Tunisia is tackling the issue of carrying out a reform programme, including two important aspects, namely the recovery of the socio-economic situation concurrently with the structural reform which will encompass notably review of the legal framework, and regulating the sector of investments and development of the country comparative advantages (human resources, infrastructure, etc.).

In this connection, Jebali stressed a better targeting of investment in the intangible sector and rapprochement between the offshore and the onshore systems.

He also spoke of the promulgation of a charter of investment which will turn on simplifying the administrative procedures for developers and improvement of mechanisms for SMEs creation.

"In the economic sector, Government's programme includes development of the infrastructure networks, notably in the interior zones, in collaboration with PPP (public-private projects), in such a manner as to establish a sound, transparent and inciting investment environment," he said.

French promoters implanted in Tunisia described the country as "boosting competitiveness," which has helped them "broaden the range of their products."

For the President of the Tunisian Citizen Enterprises Confederation (CONECT) Tarak Cherif, "Tunisia has very convincing arguments for the future."

"The country owes, in fact, its second rank among Africa's manufactured-goods exporting countries to the skills of its human resources," he insisted.

Besides, he pointed out that partnership between Tunisia and France is a win-win partnership, "this is what secures sustainability of these relations."

As regards SGSMEs, the Tunisian market is considered as an important market for France, as is the case for French investors in Tunisia which hosts 1,300 French firms.

"Our future will be built by fertilising our cross experiences," he concluded.

During his visit in Paris, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister in charge of the Economic Files Ridha Saidi and Secretary of State to Emigration and Tunisian Expatriates Houcine Jaziri.

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