Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The logistics problem, especially transportation and the cost of delivery, is the main obstacle to the development of Tunisia’s exports to the Thai market, said Mounir Mouakhar, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tunis (CCIT).

Speaking at the first Tunisian-Thai business meeting held Monday in Tunis, he added that all efforts are focused on mobilising and increasing Thai investments in Tunisia.

“This event aims to promote the products and services of Thai companies and to help expand co-operation with Tunisian businessmen,” he pointed out.

Mouakhar also said “our goal is to encourage Thai businessmen to invest in agri-food sectors (olive oil and dates), automotive spare parts and building materials.”

For the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Economic Diplomacy Hatem Ferjani the focus should be on the need to create a Tunisian-Thai Business Council, a structure that will identify ways to boost economic exchanges between the two countries.

“Thailand is a promising market that will allow our country to access Asian markets and increase Tunisia’s exports, mainly olive oil and dates,” said Ferjani.

Commercial Assistant of the Thai Embassy’s Commercial Office in Cairo Sherif Hehya, for his part, announced that Tunisia and Thailand will soon sign several agreements in the sector of tourism and handicrafts.

“The second Tunisian-Thai Joint Trade Meeting will be held over the next two months in Bangkok (Thailand Capital) to discuss opportunities to develop bilateral co-operation and identify promising sectors,” he indicated.

The programme of this first Tunisian-Thai business event includes B2B meetings between 35 Thai business leaders and their Tunisian counterparts.

The Tunisian-Thai business meeting is organised at the initiative of the Office of Commercial Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy in Cairo, in collaboration with the Tunis Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIT).