Rajoy supports the effort of democratization in Tunisia and encouraged to invest to Spanish companies

The Fund for the internationalization of the company will open a line of credit to PYMES by 25 million euros.

MADRID, 26/02/2016

The President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, has expressed this Monday its support for the efforts of the democratization of Tunisia, in charge of the Government of national unity presided over by Youssef Chahed has invited Spanish companies to invest and operate in this country.

It has been pointed out in a press conference next to chahed during the VIII Meeting of High-level bilateral summit) between the two countries, the first from a decade ago. The two governments have signed a total of eight agreements and memoranda of understanding to collaborate on issues ranging from civil protection to the rights of women or Vocational Training.

The agreements, has said Rajoy, reflect “the total commitment of Spain with the Tunisia vigorously democratic advances in the ways of the Rule of Law for the prosperity and well-being of its inhabitants”. Spain, he added, he wants to be a partner in this process” in Tunisia. “The support of Spain we are honored because it comes at a very delicate moment for the transition in Tunisia,” he assured his host.

As explained by Rajoy, with this meeting the two Governments want to “return relations at the highest level” after a few years without meetings by “various vicissitudes” of political type (the mobilizations of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ which started in 2011) and by the economic crisis affecting Spain “in the past five years”. Input, the foreign ministers of the two countries will meet in Madrid in the second half of 2018.

In addition to stress that the agreements signed are to establish a working agenda for the future, Rajoy has emphasized the “connection” between the two Governments on four issues: the fight against terrorism, the control of the public deficit and structural reforms –“only valid procedure to generate growth and employment,” said–, the goal was to continue working for the youth employment and the importance of the EU’s relations with Tunisia.

In fact, Rajoy has shown itself willing to “defend the positions and the interests of the Government of Tunisia in its relations with the EU.” In addition, asked by the fact that the country is in the European list of tax havens, has relied on that come out of it as soon as possible. It has been reported that even some EU countries wanted to put to Tunisia at a “higher level” of criticism, but that Spain prevented it.

On Youth Employment, Chahed has emphasized that between Spain and Tunisia there is a certain “parallelism” and has opted for an exchange of experiences between the two countries. It has also pointed out that the country can “benefit from the Spanish experience” in agriculture or tourism.

“How Spain, we have suffered (the crisis) and the Tunisian economy froze, today we are striving to activate the economy again and make economic reforms,” he added.

Chahed Rajoy and have closed in the afternoon a seminar organized by the employers of both countries, CEOE and UTICA on the opportunities that are opening up in Tunisia. The head of the Spanish Government has relied on that Spanish employers know how to take advantage of these opportunities.

To this end, the Fund for the internationalization of the company will open a line of credit to SMES by 25 million euros.

In addition, the joint declaration both underline the recent creation of a mixed chamber of commerce and industry and the new framework of incentives for investment in Tunisia.

Energy, COOPERATION AND CULTURE

The two sides attach great importance to cooperation in the economic and energy. Among other issues, the joint communiqué stressed that the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) has submitted a joint proposal for funding which, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German Agency (KFW) for the project for the construction of photovoltaic plants of 300 MW with Tunisian society of Gas and Electricity (STEG), which is currently under study, and has sent a letter of interest to participate with the French Agency for Development (AFD) in the draft of the Wind Park of Tagba, with a capacity of 80 MW.

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