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Tunisia, EU sign ACAA agreement

An agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) was signed, Friday in Tunis, by Messrs. Mohamed Lamine Chakhari, Minister of Industry and Trade and Antonio Tajani, Vice-President European Commission (EC).

The agreement is meant to increase the quality of industrial products and increase exports of Tunisian products on international markets, particularly in Europe.

Mr. Chakhari stressed that this agreement constitutes the first phase of the entire agreement of mutual recognition in this area, reflecting a significant EU support for the Tunisian economy.

This agreement will allow Tunisian companies to benefit, according to the minister, of advantages in this juncture, particularly by encouraging the export of Tunisian products in key sectors for the economy.

Mr. Tajani said his visit to Tunisia, the agreement signed and discussions conducted with Tunisian business leaders confirm the EU’s economic support for democratic transition in Tunisia.

He emphasized the EU commitment to concretizing its support for the Tunisian economy through the establishment of new mechanisms for SME development and partnership relations between European and Tunisian companies.

Mr. Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the EIB, said that the European financial institution will support Tunisia in three levels.

These include the promotion of quality standards in Tunisia and enhancement of natural resources through increased energy cooperation with the Tunisian Enterprise of Petroleum Activities (ETAP) and the Tunisian electricity and gas facility STEG and facilitating the achievement of electricity interconnection with Italy.


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