16 March 2014

Tunisia: PM Steps Up Meetings in UAE to Bolster Political, Economic Relations

Abu Dhabi, — Interim PM Mehdi Jomaa and the delegation of ministers and businessmen accompanying him in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued talks with their Emirati counterparts and big investors in Tunisia so as to bolster bilateral political and economic relations.

Jomaa, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi and Economy and Finance Minister Hakim Ben Hammouda, conferred, on Sunday afternoon, with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The PM had previously met with Deputy PM of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Ben Zayed Al Nahyan.

According to official sources of Tunisia's delegation, talks focused on "possibilities of providing economic and financial support to Tunisia so as to help it overcome economic difficulties."

According to the same sources, talks also discussed the willingness of the two sides to develop bilateral political relations and strengthen strategic economic co-operation in the medium term."

The PM also received, Sunday morning, a delegation of Emirati investors and businessmen in Tunisia and elsewhere, among whom are Group Chief Executive Officer of "Port and Free Zone World" Majid Bin Thaniah, representative of the pilot project of the industrial and economic area of Ennfidha Saad Ben Bati and project president Abderrahmane Bukhatir.

According to Hakim Ben Hammouda, the meetings with the Emirati big investors were "very reassuring on the future of the Emirati projects in Tunisia despite several difficulties."

The Minister said the PM had expressed to the Emirati investors "the commitment of the Tunisian government to provide all necessary conditions for the success of their investments."

The Tunisian businessmen delegation headed by President of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui, who is accompanying the PM on his tour to the Gulf region, conferred, on Sunday with members of the Abu Dhabi Business Chamber.

The two sides agreed, during this meeting to cement ties between the two employers' organisations and work on boosting cooperation in the field of investment.

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