Direct maritime line linking Tunisia to Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana to be launched on June 4 (Omar Behi) | Tunisia News Gazette

Direct maritime line linking Tunisia to Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana to be launched on June 4 (Omar Behi)

� Trade Minister Omar Behi announced on Tuesday at the opening works of the African Economic Forum the launch on June 4 of a direct maritime line linking Tunisia to Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

This line will facilitate the transport of goods in partnership with the Tunisian Navigation Company (French: CTN) and the Transport Ministry.

New air routes to African countries, such as Sudan, will also be created during this year, he added recalling that a dozen air routes to African countries already exist including the recent opening of routes to Conakry and Cotonou.

He further pointed out that Tunisia will officially become a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in June during the upcoming meeting of COMESA Heads of State Summit.

The forum will discuss five strategic economic sectors that reflect the profound need of the African continent population and are the engines of the development for the period to come, notably the construction and public works, services and information technologies, agricultural and agro-food, health and pharmaceutical industries and the higher education sectors, he indicated.

Behi estimated that co-operation indicators between African countries are very poor, noting that the trade exchange rate does not surpass 13% out of their exchange with the rest of the world.

In this respect, he highlighted the importance to step up efforts to improve these indicators and develop the volume of trade exchange between African countries in all promising and priority sectors and fields.

The minister further indicated that the African economic forum will be an important occasion to exchange experiences and initiate dialogue between public and private sectors so as to conclude partnerships for the achievements of projects of joint interest.

Jointly organised by the Trade Ministry, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the forum records the participation of 38 African countries and 140 senior officials representing public and private sectors in addition to funders and businessmen.

Some 800 participants are expected in this two-day forum in Tunis. They will take part in sector-based workshops on construction and public works in Africa, modern technology, health in Africa, higher education and employment, technologies and sustainable development.

Source: TAP News Agency

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