The word of the Minister of Trade

The word of the Minister of Trade
Omar Behi

It is with great pleasure that we organize, in partnership with BADEA, ITFC and German cooperation through GIZ, the first international economic forum exclusively for Africa in Tunisia in April 24 and 25, 2018.

Endowed with a democracy recognized and hailed by the international community thanks to pluralistic and democratic elections managed lucidly, Tunisia needs more than ever to consolidate the pillars of this new era: the reinforcement of its competitiveness, the search for new partnerships and the renewed confidence of its partners following the stabilization of the political and institutional system.

To this end, Tunisia has initiated a process of assessing its comparative advantages and has successfully integrated the Tunisian economy into global value chains. Today, Tunisia's offer is evolving from an offer based on comparative advantages to a call based on a strategic positioning compared to regional value.

This finding inevitably reaffirms the importance of Africa as a new destination and platform of the global economy. To this end, Tunisia is more than ever aware that African integration based on a win-win partnership is an unavoidable choice or even a common challenge.

Tunisia offers huge opportunities given several factors, including the relative diversification of the economy, commercial performance, the high level of education of its human resources, a favorable geographical position, and historical political connections with African countries.

Based on these challenges and opportunities, the African Economic Forum will bring together representatives and high-level participants from nearly 38 African countries as well as regional and international economic and financial institutions.

The Opening Ceremony of the Forum will be chaired by the head of government, Mr. Youssef Chahed in the presence of senior officials from African countries and international institutions.

An institutional panel aiming to highlight the strategic vision of the African integration and to discuss its main determinants.

International experts, senior representatives of both African governments and economic operators will gather around 5 sectoral workshops on construction and engineering services sector, ICT sector, higher education sector, agribusiness and health sector.

B2I and B2B meetings are also planned during the forum to help African economic operators to network.

See you on the 24th and 25th of April, and together we will prove that now the future will definitely pass through Africa.

Minister of Trade

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