Tunisia, China ink agreement to build diplomatic academy in Tunisia | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia, China ink agreement to build diplomatic academy in Tunisia

A technical and economic partnership agreement to create a diplomatic academy for training and studies was inked on Tuesday in Tunis between Tunisia and China.

This agreement, inked by Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Vice-Minister of Commerce of PRC Qian Keming on the fringes of the closing works of the 9th Tunisian-Chinese Joint Commission, will help train future diplomats and the ministry’s young executives, Jhinaoui said.

It will further help retrain the ministry’s executives and officials, he told the media.

This academy that aims to train officials from different African countries will be open to the civil society’s different components, he indicated.

A 200-million-Chinese-yuan donation ($72 million) will be granted by the Chinese government to the Tunisian government so as to finance this project, the same source added.

The 12,000 m2 academy is set to be inaugurated in 2020.

This project, that will be a common ground between Tunisia and Africa, on one side, and the Republic of China on the other side, reflects the long-standing Tunisian-Chinese relation, Jhinaoui pointed out.

Moreover, he added that works of the Tunisian-Chinese Joint Commission were an occasion to review means to promote tourism and Tunisia’s image in the Chinese market.

Currently paying a working visit to Tunisia, Qian Keming also met on Monday with Minister of Development, Investment and International Co-operation Zied Laadhari.

Source: TAP news Agency

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