20 June 2014

Tunisia: Belgium Converts 26 MD of Tunisian Debts Into Investments

Tunis — Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said, on Friday in Brussels, that Belgium converted 26 MD (million dinars) of Tunisian debts into investments.

During a talk with Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, Di Rupo underlined that Belgium will support Tunisia's requests to the European Union, notably, in matters of financial and technical assistance.

He also underlined his country's readiness "to give a new impetus to co-operation with Tunisia, through the creation of mechanism of consultation and negotiation between the two countries' Foreign Ministries, whose first round will be held in Brussels in October 2014.

Rupo voiced satisfaction at the results achieved by Tunisia, which managed, according to him "to overcome the difficulties thanks to understanding between the different parties."

PM Mehdi Jomaa emphasised the need to promote partnership between the two countries and increase the volume of investments of the Belgian enterprises or of Belgian participation in Tunisia, in particular in the added value sectors of industry and services.

On this occasion, Jomaa invited the Belgian tourists "to come in large number to Tunisia" underlining the imperative to establish a Tunisian-Belgian partnership "based on joint development and good neighbourliness".

As regards the situation in Tunisia, the Prime Minister evoked "an improvement very shortly of the visibility at home and abroad after the adoption by the National Constituent Assembly of the dates of the next electoral events".

The Jomaa-Rupo meeting comes to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship, Trade and Navigation Treaty, concluded between Tunisia and Belgium.

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