On Monday, President Béji Caid Essebsi received at Carthage Palace Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui. The final preparations for the International Investment Conference “Tunisia 2020”, to be held on November 29- 30 in Tunis and the Tunisia-European Union Summit, due for December 1 in Brussels, Belgium were at the centre of the meeting. According to the spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic, the talk focused on the actions taken to develop economic diplomacy and enhance its effectiveness in promoting investment and development. The meeting also highlighted the efforts made to promote economic mobilisation for Tunisia. He added that the meeting provided the opportunity to review the latest preparations for the Tunisia-EU Summit. The President of the Republic will meet with senior European officials and deliver a speech on the occasion. President Béji Caid Essebsi commended the Tunisian diplomacy which is constantly working to strengthen Tunisia’s international influence. This was reflected in Tunisia’s choice to host the 18th Summit of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) in 2020 which will coincide with the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the organisation, he said. The meeting also discussed preparations for the Euro-Arab ministerial meeting to be chaired by Tunisia on December 20 in Cairo, Egypt. This meeting will examine issues of common interest as well as efforts to address common economic, social and security challenges.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed met, on Wednesday in Paris, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. In a statement to TAP, the French FM said that during the meeting they discussed the ways to provide the conditions for success of the International Conference on Investment “Tunisia 2020” scheduled for November 29 and 30. Emphasis was also placed on security co-operation between the two countries and the means and mechanisms that should be put in place to encourage the rapid return of French tourists to Tunisia. “France is actively encouraging tourists to visit Tunisia,” he said, adding that whoever believes in the Tunisian democracy should not hesitate to visit this country. Jean-Marc Ayrault also stressed that France is already very committed to Tunisia through the mobilisation of a EUR 1 billion fund over five years and contributes significantly to the doubling of European financial support to Tunisia.