Adel Tayari -TDO- (TUNISIA) The Tunisian Minister of Industry and Trade Ziad al-Athari said on Thursday (15 June) that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has agreed that Tunisia should be an observer, and the minister added that it is an important step for Tunisia, for reference, the African Economic Community is an international economic organization concerned with the development of the economy in West Africa. The move marks an important opportunity for Tunisia to expand its trade and economic ties. The African market, which includes 19 African countries and accounts for one-third of Africa's crude output, is among the destinations on which Tunisia is betting for economic revolution.
And for the importance and value of the African market in the strategy of the Tunisian government to promote the economy President of the Republic Béji Kayed Sibsi took part in the opening of the "Partnership with Africa" conference organized by the German Presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) on Monday, 12 June in Berlin, in the presence of a number of African Heads of State and Government and senior officials of the international financial institutions. The Tunisian President expressed his satisfaction at the selection of Tunisia as part of the first group of countries to benefit from the "Partnership with Africa" initiative. "The entire African continent deserves a serious commitment to restore hope to its youth ... Let us give the necessary impetus to our ambitions in the interest of all," Qaid al-Sibsi said in a speech to heads of state and senior officials of international and regional bodies attending the opening session of the G20 Africa Partnership Symposium. And he expressed his conviction that "partnership with Africa is an appropriate platform for investors to promote Tunisia as an attractive location for investment as well as to facilitate the mobilization of the necessary financial resources to implement projects programmed in the priority sectors of the country."