TUNISIA NOW OFFICIALLY A MEMBER OF EASTERN, SOUTHERN AFRICAN COMMON MARKET

TUNIS– Tunisia has officially become the 20th member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), after signing the Treaty of Accession of Tunisia to COMESA during the Summit of Heads of State and Government of COMESA member countries, in Lusaka, Zambia, last week.

Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui ratified the treaty in his capacity as representative of President Beji Caid Essebsi, with Trade Minister Omar El Behi also present.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry here Sunday, Jhinaoui emphasized in a speech he read out on behalf of the Head of State, the will of Tunisia entrenched in its African depth and keenness to develop complementarity, solidarity and integration to contribute efficiently to boost the action of this important regional group, to give it more influence and to devote the path of partnership and economic and commercial co-operation among the member countries, as part of mutual interest.

The accession of the country to COMESA represents a promising opportunity for the public and private sectors, investors and the heads of industrial and financial companies, for the achievement of partnerships with their counterparts in the rest of the member countries of this important economic group.

The latter is an important market for many Tunisian products and companies active in the fields of basic infrastructure, ICT, education and higher education, vocational training, health, food industries, engineering, accounting and finance

Tunisia completes with its COMESA membership, the efforts made since January 2016, by the authorities to join this economic grouping which has covers nearly 625 million inhabitants.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK