The Tunisian Export Promotion Center (CEPEX) and Enterprise Greece, its Greek counterpart, have implemented their strategic vision and common goal to see the Tunisian-Greek cooperation to take a step forward by signing on Tuesday, November 1 at the Exporter Houser, a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) that encompasses a vast field of cooperation and an array of activities under a two-dimensional approach.
The signing ceremony was attended by Ms. Aziza Htira, CEO of CEPEX and Mr. Velissarios Dotsis, CEO of Enterprise Greece, the two parties of this agreement and fundamental actors in the implementation of its content.
Sabri Bachtobji, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, his Greek counterpart Dimitris Mardas and Teresa Paraskevi Angelatou, Ambassador of Greece to Tunis, were also present.
This agreement stipulates, firstly, strengthening of institutional cooperation between the two agencies through the creation of channels for exchange of commercial, regulatory and competitive information in their respective markets, and also by the activation of diplomatic and business networks in both countries to lay down the prerequisite of a new era of more entrepreneurial economic and trade cooperation.
Moreover, this partnership agreement pays special attention to promotional campaigns and exchange of visits of businessmen in both countries in order to broaden the range of traded goods that are limited today some chemicals manufactured (paper, equipment …) and to lesser extent food (dates and seafood).
The agreement shows the concern of the authorities of both countries to write a new chapter in Tunisian-Greek relations which aim to give a substantial start to trade.
However, a chronic weakness is noted in bilateral trade which did not manage to cross the threshold required, given the extent of the scope of cooperation and convincing prospects to increase the trade volume in both directions and which is tentatively around 315 million dinars in 2015 (with a surplus for Greece).