17 January 2013

Tunisia: President Marzouki Receives Student Delegation From Columbia University

Tunis — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki received, on Thursday in Carthage, a delegation of students from the Columbia University (USA) as part of a Global Immersion on "Doing Business in North Africa."

Tunisia is facing political and socio-economic problems, said President Marzouki when answering questions of American students.

"The challenge involves setting up a new political system which substitutes the corrupt system of the former regime. It will serve as a model for other Arab countries," he added.

"Another challenge is to complete within two or three months drafting a new constitution that represents all social categories," stressed President Marzouki, adding that the next elections should be held by next Summer.

In another connection, President Marzouki said Tunisia relies on its youth in building up the new Tunisia.

The aim of the visit is to establish a new mechanism called "Tunisian American Business Council," Secretary of State in Charge of America and Asia Hedi Ben Abbes tod TAP.

The delegation, made up of 35 young entrepreneurs and students aged between 25 and 30, will learn about doing business in Tunisia and the country's economic and political situation, added Mr. Ben Abbes.

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