"Level of economic co-operation between Tunisia and Jordan, falls short of aspirations" (Omar El Behi) | Tunisia News Gazette

“Level of economic co-operation between Tunisia and Jordan, falls short of aspirations” (Omar El Behi)

“The level of trade and economic co-operation between Tunisia and Jordan falls short of the potential and opportunities offered in both countries in spite of all the conventions binding them and the great similarities that bring them together,” said Trade Minister Omar El Behi.

Chairing the Tunisian-Jordanian Economic Forum held on Wednesday in Tunis on the sidelines of the 9th meeting of the Tunisian-Jordanian High Joint Commission (November 21-22), he also considered that “the exploitation of the exchange possibilities offered by the Agadir Agreement falls short of aspirations.”

The minister invited economic operators in the two countries’ private sectors to focus their efforts on improving the level of co-operation in several sectors including pharmaceutical industry, agro-food, new technologies, etc.

For his part, Jordan’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yaroub Qudah said that “for both countries, it is no longer time for procrastination but for exploiting the opportunities presented at the regional, Arab and world levels.

Believing that “protectionist policies can not under any circumstances serve the development goals of countries,” he pointed out that “Jordan, like Tunisia, has opted for the liberalisation of its economy and the elimination of all the obstacles that could block its opening on regional and international markets.”

Speaking to economic operators participating in the forum, he indicated that “investment in Jordan will provide access to 1.5 billion consumers, under conventions and agreements linking this country to several countries in the region, including Gulf countries, but also to other countries in the world, including the free trade agreement between Jordan and the United States.

He stated that “Jordan has a very active commercial sector, a diversified industry and a developed service sector particularly in the field of information and communication technologies,” noting that “80% of the content in Arabic published on the internet is produced by Jordan.”

The Jordanian minister also invited the Tunisian authorities and economic operators to join their Jordanian counterparts to seize together the opportunities offered by the reconstruction of Syria and Iraq.

He also expressed his country’s hope to access through its co-operation with Tunisia, the African and French-speaking markets.

The Jordanian delegation participating in the forum includes 40 members between officials, representatives of professional organisations and economic operators.

The value of Tunisian-Jordanian trade increased by 5.9% in the 1st 10 months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, worth 58.4 million dinars.

During the same period, Tunisian exports to Jordan grew by 19.25% to 21.25 million. The main products exported are olive oil, electrical switches and accessories, trisodium phosphate, margarine, electric lamps, olive and fruit tree seedlings, car spare parts, biscuits and chocolate.

Tunisian imports from Jordan dropped by 0.5% to 37.14 MD in October 2017. These imports mainly consist in drugs, fertilisers, plastic products, pesticides, etc.

Source: TAP News Agency

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