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Tunisia: Tunisian-African cooperation forum to be held in Tunisia

The Tunisian city of Hammamet will from 23 to 25 September host the Tunisian-African forum which will focus on cooperation between Africa and Tunisia in several areas, Tewfik Mellah, the chairman of the Commission for Relations with the African Continent of the Tunisian organization Al-Araf, said on Tuesday.

The forum would discuss issues related to the sectors of health, higher education, vocational training, tourism and finance, said Mr Mellah.

He added that the meeting aims particularly to open prospects and opportunities for the Tunisian economy while encouraging Tunisian companies to turn to African markets.

In that respect, he said, Tunisian exports to Africa were estimated at 800 million Tunisian dinars for last year.

The Tunisian official said that Tunisia at the moment receives between 8,000 and 12,000 African students every year, thanks to its good education and training institutions.

He said that it is possible to double those figures if Tunisia opens diplomatic representations in most African countries.

Mr Mellah stressed the need to open branches of Tunisian banks in different African countries in a bid to provide the services needed by investors.

Several organizations will participate in the forum including the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Central Bank of Tunisia, Tunisair and several entities operating in the sector of education and health.

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