29 April 2014

Tunisia: Conference of Friends of Tunisia to Be Held in September - Hollande

Paris — French President François Hollande announced, on Tuesday, the organisation in September 2014 in Tunis, of a conference of friends of Tunisia, under the aegis of the United Nations, to encourage donors to invest in Tunisia.

Holding a meeting with the press in the Elysée Palace, after a talk with interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, the French President said the adoption of the Constitution is an important step for Tunisia, but the latter "has not completed its process. It must promote the success of the Arab spring."

According to Mr. Hollande, "France's support will not only embody economic development, but it will rather materialise a commitment to energise the country's sustainable growth."

With 2,300 companies established in Tunisia, France is the first investor in Tunisia, he recalled.

On the security level, the French Head of State said security must be guaranteed, because "we can not speak of growth in the absence of security."

In this context, he backed an initiative presented by Mehdi Jomaa on the organisation of a conference on Libya.

"We must do everything to ensure that Libya recovers stability, Hollande said.

In turn, interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa expressed thanks to the French President, for "his personal commitment to support Tunisia."

He said that his talk with Hollande focused on several issues of mutual interests, particularly co-operation in the areas of security, equipment and exchange of information as well as in the field of economic development.

"Tunisia is safer than it had been before and development is underway. We are really reviving investment and we have huge assets and opportunities in this Mediterranean region," he underlined.

As regards the tourist sector, he said "we are pleased with the renewed interest of the French people."

The talk between Jomaa and Hollande crowns the Prime Minister's two-day official visit in Paris.


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