An inter-African economic exchanges forum to unlock trade hosted in Tunis


PARIS–– The Tunisian government hosted an Africa Economic Forum on Tuesday, with more than 900 participants from 38 African countries in attendance.

Radhi Meddeb, the Commissioner General of the forum said the goal of the forum is to unlock inter-African economic and trade exchanges and strengthening the establishment of a strong partnership between Tunisia and the African continent, for the creation of commonwealth, said

Sources say the accession of Tunisia to COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) would be announced on the sidelines of this forum, while the formalization of the accession is planned for the next COMESA Summit in June 2018.

Sources acquainted with members of the forum organizing committee said Tunisia hopes to recover its strategic positioning in relation to African markets.

Omar Bahi, Tunisian Trade Minister, said new direct airlines have just been created with three countries namely Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Regarding Tunisian exports to other African countries, the balance sheet shows only 2.2 percent of all exports of Tunisia, while 75 percent of Tunisian exports are routed towards the Europe market.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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