Lack of air routes, logistic difficulties and financing halt exports to Africa (Samir Majoul) | Tunisia News Gazette

Lack of air routes, logistic difficulties and financing halt exports to Africa (Samir Majoul)

Lack of air routes and maritime lines towards Africa, logistic difficulties and lack of funding are the main constraints to export towards Africa, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Samir Majoul stressed on Tuesday at the opening of the African Economic Forum.

Majoul highlighted the importance of the African market for the Tunisian economy, notably if the logistic difficulties are simplified.

Taking the floor, Commissioner of the Forum Radhi Meddeb highlighted the weakness of trade and economic exchanges between Tunisia and African countries while the continent records an important growth and a development in all sectors.

In this respect, he stressed on the importance of finding the necessary mechanisms so as to guarantee the presence of Tunisian enterprises and products in African markets, calling for opening horizons for young people so as to make them the future entrepreneurs.

The African continent needs a great willingness from the stakeholders in order to polarise investments and create employment opportunities, notably for youths to guarantee economic and social equality for all.

The forum is part of a strategy aiming to strengthen Tunisia’s presence in African markets and to develop exports destined to African countries, Interim Director-General of the Exports Promotion Centre (CEPEX) Samir Azzi said.

According to him, exports to Africa do not currently surpass 2.2% of the overall exports against 75% exports to European markets.

Source: TAP News Agency

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