EBRD President visits Tunisia

By Anthony Williams

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EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti will visit Tunisia on 23 June to underscore the Bank’s strong support for the country’s future economic development.

He will hold talks with senior government officials and also meet representatives from the Tunisian business and financial community.

The EBRD began investing in Tunisia in 2012 after the country embarked on its path to political, economic and social transition.

The Bank has already provided financing worth over €140 million with projects that include support for the development of the private sector, strengthening the banking system and promoting Tunisia’s foreign trade links. The Bank has also supported close to 100 small companies via dedicated technical assistance.

Speaking ahead of his visit, President Chakrabarti said, “The EBRD is a strong and reliable partner for Tunisia as it travels further down the road towards democracy and economic modernisation. My discussions in Tunis will strengthen this partnership even further and help Tunisia build on the very significant progress that has already been achieved.”

During the visit the President will hold meetings with senior Tunisian officials including Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamed, Minister of Economy and Finances Hakim Ben Hammouda, Minister of Transport Chiheb Ben Ahmed, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia, Chedly Ayari.

The visit to Tunis will also include meetings with Wided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Union for Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts, UTICA, and with other representatives from the private sector, as well as a discussion with Donald Kaberuka, the President of the African Development Bank.

Sir Suma is expected to sign a new investment in Tunisia’s leasing sector on 23 June that will support the development of small companies by increasing their access to finance as well as a project aimed at supporting the expansion of Tunisia’s foreign trade.

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