EU calls for in­vest­ment in Tu­nisia

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini yes­ter­day called for more in­vest­ment to re­vive the econ­omy of Tu­nisia, home coun­try of the Arab Spring, call­ing it a “strate­gic pri­or­ity”.

“To­day, I want to con­vey a very strong and very clear mes­sage to all Euro­pean­sTu­nisia is truly a priv­i­leged and spe­cial part­ner,” she said on a visit to Tunis. “In­vest­ing in Tu­nisia, in its present and its fu­ture and es­pe­cially in its young peo­ple, is a strate­gic pri­or­ity” for the Euro­pean Union, she said af­ter meet­ing For­eign Min­is­ter Khe­maies Jhi­naoui. Mogherini re­called that EU fi­nan­cial sup­port for the North African coun­try would be 300 mil­lion eu­ros in 2017.

Prime Min­is­ter Youssef Cha­hed’s govern­ment hopes that an in­vestor con­fer­ence sched­uled for later this month will help boost Tu­nisia’s econ­omy, which has suf­fered since the fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Jan­uary 2011. — AFP

TUNIS: EU’s High rep­re­sen­ta­tive for for­eign af­fairs and se­cu­rity pol­icy Fed­er­ica Mogherini (right) walks along­side Tu­nisian For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Khe­maies Jhi­naoui yes­ter­day in Tunis. — AFP

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