Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Vice President for Policy and Partnerships, Pierre Heilbronn is visiting Tunisia on 18 to 21 September to open the International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships, organised by the Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, with the EBRD, the International Financial Corporation IFC and the Public Private Partnership Authority (IGPPP).

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said Monday in a statement that “he will also benefit from this visit to discuss with the country’s leaders reforms necessary to promote growth and employment.”

Ahead of his visit to Tunis, Vice President Heilbronn said: “We are fully committed to further support Tunisia’s 2016-20development plan. I look forward to the success of the Public-Private Partnerships Forum and to our discussions with the Tunisian authorities on how we can further contribute to the country’s sustainable economic growth.”

During his visit, Vice President Heilbronn will meet with Youssef Chahed, Tunisia’s Prime Minister; Zied Ladhari, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation and EBRD Governor; Ridha Chalghoum, Minister of Finance; Slim Feriani, Minister of Energy; Taoufik Rajhi, Minister of Key Reforms; Radhouane Ayara, Minister of Transport; Riadh Mouakher, Minister of Local Affairs and Environment; and Marouane Abassi, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia.

The vice president will also meet with civil society, international community and private sector clients in Tunis and Sfax.

The EBRD delegation will include Mattia Romani, Managing Director Economics, Policy and Governance; Bassem Kamar, Lead Economist for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region; and Antoine Sallé de Chou, Head of the EBRD office in Tunisia.

Since EBRD began operations in Tunisia in September 2012, the Bank has invested over €730 million across 33 projects in the country. The Bank’s investments aim to support the restructuring and strengthening of the financial sector and financing private enterprises, supporting energy efficiency and developing a sustainable energy sector as well as facilitating non-sovereign financing for infrastructure development.

To date, the Bank has also supported 530 small and medium-sized enterprises with business advisory services.