Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Hollande pledges more support for Tunisian transition, economy  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 30/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Meeting Tunisian Premier Mahdi Jomaa for talks Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande vowed to continue support for Tunis in this period of transition and help the country find lasting economic growth in the future.

Jomaa, who already met with other senior officials like Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and chies of French industry in Paris, expressed in a press conference thanks to Hollande for his ongoing support, noting the two men had met three times now since the transition process began in Tunisia.

Hollande has visited Tunis on two occasions, most recently in February to celebrate the adoption of Tunisia's new constitution.

Speaking to the press, the French leader stressed the "links of memory" between the two nations and his confidence that the transition process to democratic rule in Tunisia would be completed in the coming months.

"Tunisia has not finished with the process," Hollande noted, but he said he was optimistic elections could be held by the end of the year when Tunisians would be able to express their opinion on developments.

Hollande underlined that France's support went beyond the political transition process and also extended to "economic projects and for development ... to put Tunisia on the path of lasting growth." France has been deeply involved in helping Tunisian economy and in managing the debt issue, which is weighing down growth.

France has 300 companies operating in Tunisia and is the largest foreign investor in that country.

Jomaa, who was accompanied by several ministers and a large business delegation, had a series of meetings with French business leaders in the MEDEF organisation which is composed of CEOs and industry captains. He also met with parliamentary leaders.

Hollande stressed the importance of these bilateral ties and said that "the development of Tunisia is in the interest for the French economy." He said France continues to support Tunisia in converting its debt and that this was something he hoped to see settled at a forthcoming conference on Tunisia in the autumn.

The French president said that he would seek to organise a "Friends of Tunisia" conference in September that would bring investors and creditors together and would include institutional bodies like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), among others.

The conference would aim to get investors behind economic projects in Tunisia and also iron out some of the current difficulties with credit for the country.

Last weekend, French and German Foreign Ministers travelled to Tunis to reassure the government on the support of the two European Union powerhouses, not just politically but also economically.

Hollande and Jomaa also discussed security issues and a French commitment to give Tunisia the means to ensure its own security, which could include military helicopters.

Hollande expressed concern about regional security and, in particular, the situation in Libya, where he said efforts must be made to stabilise the situation.

"We must do everything so Libya can find the path of dialogue and the path of democracy," Hollande stated after the talks with Jomaa.

He added he was working with other parties to see if a conference on Libya could be organised by the international community, noting "security is a major challenge in the region."

 


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)




  MENA News Headlines
 Apr 20 2015 - Under the radar: The up and coming Egyptian fashion industryDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Several mannequins stand in a wide white room, representing the dreams of Egypt's upcoming talents. MSA's Career Gate is one of Egypt's most famous educational ...

 Apr 20 2015 - Emaar Misr registers EGP 172.7m in Q1 net profitsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Egyptian arm of UAE real estate developer Emaar Misr has registered a 462% increase in profits in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015, the company announced on Sunday.Net ...

 Apr 20 2015 - HSCB launches EGP300m growth fund for SMEsDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) HSBC announced the launch of its second international growth fund in Egypt with a total EGP 300m for "Egypt's international and internationally aspirant" small and medium ...

 Apr 20 2015 - 300,000 tonnes of wheat to arrive in JuneDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt is set to import 300,000 tonnes of Russian, Romanian and French wheat at an average price of approximately $221 per tonne, the General Authority for Supply ...

 Apr 20 2015 - Sun City to be established by coalition of foreign, Arab companies: AGI ChairmanDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News EgyptArabia Group for Investment (AGI) is still negotiating with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities regarding the establishment of the Sun City compound in 6th of ...

 Apr 20 2015 - Hygiene vouchers distributed to Syrian refugeesJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Jordan's Red Crescent Society, with the support of the German Red Cross, handed out hygiene coupons on Sunday for some 436 Syrian refugee families and a local community ...

 Apr 20 2015 - 109 new Syrian refugees cross to JordanJordan News Agency
(MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Border Guards received a total of 109 new Syrian refugees from various age groups, who crossed the frontier in the past 72 hours.The guards provided the refugees with ...

 Apr 20 2015 - Sanmar India pumps $350m new investments in EgyptDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt's Ambassador to India Hatem Tag El-Din met with Sanmar Group Vice-President and Head of the Egyptian-Indian Business Council's Indian arm, Vijay Sankar, said a ...

 Apr 20 2015 - Egypt- Former PM Nazif's graft charge retrial postponed to MayDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Cairo Criminal Court postponed Saturday the retrial of former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to 17 May.Nazif had been on trial on graft charges dating back to his ...

 Apr 20 2015 - US special envoy for countering IS discusses with Shoukry developments in IraqDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Sunday the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS John Allen, discussing the cooperation within ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help