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Meeting on “Les Rencontres Africa 2017” at the Maison de France in Sfax

A meeting was organised on Wednesday at the Maison de France in Sfax devoted to the event “Rencontres Africa 2017” which will be held next October in three African cities: Tunis (Tunisia), Abidjan (CAte d ‘ Ivoire) and Nairobi (Kenya).

This meeting was attended by a large number of economic operators in the public and private sectors in the region of Sfax and ambassador of France in Tunis, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor.

It helped to shed light on this important international economic event and to highlight the economic strengths of the various regions of the country, after the official launch of the event on 6 July at the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX), Samir Kotti, Director of Classe Export Tunisie and organiser of the event told TAP correspondent in Sfax.

Initiated by the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy in partnership with the Tunisian Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Industry and Trade and other support structures, ” Les Rencontres Africa 2017″ of Tunis, which will take place on 5 and 6 October, will be attended by a large number of Tunisian, French and African economic operators.

About 500 Tunisian leaders, 200 French business leaders and 200 African business leaders are expected to attend the second edition of les Rencontres Afrique, the first edition of which took place in Paris in September 2016.

Tunisia’s hosts will participate in more than 15 conferences and symposiums that will be organised around 7 major sectoral themes. These include agriculture and agro-food industry, sustainable development and energy, logistics infrastructure, automotive and aeronautics, financing in Africa, digital and health industry.

At the opening of the meeting, ambassador of France in Tunis stressed the importance of the “Les Rencontres Afrique 2017” in Tunis which will consolidate opportunities for partnership between France and African countries in many sectors. “The organisation of this event demonstrates France’s interest in cooperation with Tunisia,” he said, reiterating his country’s determination to promote economic and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Presenting the event to the audience, Tunisia’s Export Class Director Samir Kotti said the event will focus on meetings and business contacts. “A number of African ministers have already confirmed their participation as well as 92 French companies besides Tunisian and African companies,” he said.

For his part, the President of the Sfax Chamber of Commerce and Industry has emphasised the participation of a number of foreign operators and entrepreneurs in the Sfax region to further strengthen the opportunities for cooperation and exchange, particularly in the sectors of industry, olive oil, agro-food industries (seafood), health, services and technological know-how “

The French ambassador in Tunis will also visit the 51st edition of the Sfax International Fair and a private economic enterprise.

Source: TAP News Agency

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