Tunis Forum kicks off under theme: “TUNISIA – CHINA: PARTNERSHIP OF FUTURE” | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunis Forum kicks off under theme: “TUNISIA – CHINA: PARTNERSHIP OF FUTURE”

Works of the 5th edition of the Tunis Forum kicked off Friday under the theme “TUNISIA – CHINA: A PARTNERSHIP OF THE FUTURE,” in the presence of a large Chinese delegation composed of presidents of major Chinese economic groups, several Tunisian ministers, politicians and deputies, as well as business leaders, experts and academics from both countries.

Through this forum, organised by the Arab Institute of Business Leaders (IACE), Tunisia aims to devise a clear strategy to establish new partnership relations with China, based on mutual interest and helping Tunisia attract the necessary funding and investments necessary to achieve the expected economic recovery.

Development, Investment and International Co-operation and Acting Finance Minister Mohamed Fadhel Abdelkefi said at the opening of the forum that Tunisia is currently waging an economic war to cope with the public finances and lack of funding to cover the 2018 State budget, which has doubled over the past 6 years, from 18.6 billion dinars to 36 billion dinars, within a context characterised by the blocking of growth engines.

He estimated that the existence of a partner such as China will help build a fruitful partnership between the two countries, by setting up Chinese enterprises in Tunisia where they will work with Tunisian skills and ensure the Transfer of technology and capital.

The Minister stressed the need to make the most of the silk road launched by China to finance infrastructure and energy projects, etc. He considered that Tunisia being a small country represents a real opportunity for China to set up an export base to Africa and Europe.

Source: TAP News Agency

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