Tunis/Tunisia — Nine African ministers, including ministers of State from Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya, and 1,000 Tunisians and Africans, including presidents of many chambers of commerce and industry, are taking part in the 4th edition of the international conference "FINANCING INVESTMENT & TRADE IN AFRICA" FITA 2021, hosted by Tunisia on June 24-26 .
In a statement to the media at the start of the event, President of the Tunisian-African Business Council (TABC) Anis Jaziri pointed out that several representatives of international and African banks are also taking part in the conference and will propose their financing solutions to economic actors.
"The objective is to propose financing mechanisms for African operators in a pandemic context, to promote investment in Africa and to boost Tunisian exports to this continent," he indicated.
The themes of financial support in Africa, the major structuring themes for African economies, the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the business environment, sectoral development strategies, local transformation and industrialisation as well as the stepping up of competitiveness are the themes that will be debated during the conference.
Among the topics on the agenda, the setting up of a platform in Tunisia to facilitate trade between the North and sub-Saharan Africa and the creation of a continental free trade area.
In this regard, the project of the trans-Saharan road and ways to develop economic exchanges between Tunisia, sub-Saharan Africa and Libya will be on the agenda of a working session, the same source indicated, pointing out that Libya will be the guest of honour at this 4th edition.
Besides, the conference will be a space to share opportunities and meetings between economic operators, African economic development organisations, pan-African economic development organisations, bankers, venture capitalists, investment funds and finance experts.
3,000 networking meetings are planned within this framework.