Beji Caid Essebsi calls for holding Arab-African forum on agriculture | Tunisia News Gazette

Beji Caid Essebsi calls for holding Arab-African forum on agriculture

President Beji Caid Essebsi has called for consideration of holding an Arab-African forum on agriculture.

This was at his meeting Thursday at the Carthage Palace with a ministerial delegation participating in the 13th International Show of Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery and Fishing, organised at El Kram from October 30 to November 5.

The Head of State said Tunisia’s relations with the Arab and African countries are strategic and must be strengthened in the future in all areas, including the vital agricultural field on which Tunisia relies so much to create wealth and jobs and to improve the competitiveness of the national economy.

He reaffirmed, in this regard, the willingness of Tunisia to establish Arab and African cooperation “likely to contribute to promote agriculture and other economic sectors for the benefit of these countries and their peoples”.

For their part, the members of the ministerial delegation stressed that the agricultural fair was a good opportunity to know the Tunisian agricultural product and the scientific experiments in this field.

They considered that such events are likely to open prospects for sharing experiences and boosting the sector through the consolidation of technical co-operation at bilateral or multilateral levels.

They also emphasised the importance of increasing trade in agricultural products and taking advantage of opportunities to launch agricultural projects to ensure food security.

They also highlighted the importance of joint co-operation for the consolidation of air and maritime transport, particularly between the Arab countries and Africa, similar to the sea link between Tangier and Gulf countries.

The ministerial delegation was composed of Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Qatari Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Environment, Vatma Vall Mint Soueina, Mauritanian Minister of Livestock, Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Minister of Animal and Fisheries Resources in CAte d’Ivoire and Dr. Rafik Ali Saleh, Director General of the Arab Center for Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Areas (ACSAD).

Source: TAP News Agency

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