Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The Tunisian Ministry of Trade and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) signed on Thursday in Tunis a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the capacity of Tunisian export institutions.

The agreement, inked by Minister of Trade Omar El Behi and Alistair Burt, UK Minister of State for the Middle East and Minister of State at the Department for International Development, aims to further expand trade links between the two countries through enhancing the value of Tunisian goods and services exported.

Activities planned under this MoU aim to strengthen the capacity of the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) in terms of strategic promotion and business intelligence.

The MoU also involves contributing to strengthening CEPEX’s communication strategy, improving the quality of information provided to Tunisian exporters through guidance tools and building the capacity of Tunisian exporters to use the information provided in sector studies.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, held at the CEPEX headquarters, the Minister of Trade emphasised the importance of bilateral co-operation, adding that Tunisia is a gateway to the African market.

“From July 2018, Tunisia will become a permanent member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA),” the minister pointed out.

He also announced that a British business mission will be in Tunis in September 2018 to boost trade between the two countries in various sectors, including textiles and banking services.

British Minister for Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt spoke of opportunities to foster co-operation between the two countries.

Tunisia’s exports to the United Kingdom reached 257.3 MD from January 1 to May 31, 2018, while imports amounted to 288.9 MD.