As a nation deeply rooted in its African identity, Tunisia has long recognized the significance of fostering strong bonds with its fellow African nations, and in recent years, we have witnessed remarkable progress in this regard.
Tunisia’s commitment to Africa is reflected in its active engagement within regional organizations such as the African Union (AU) and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU). Through these platforms, Tunisia has consistently worked towards promoting peace, stability, and socio-economic development in Africa. We believe that collaboration and mutual understanding are essential for addressing common challenges and realizing shared aspirations.
Economically, Tunisia has been actively exploring opportunities for increased trade and investment with its African counterparts. The country has taken significant steps to enhance economic cooperation, such as establishing bilateral agreements and participating in trade missions and investment forums across the continent. Tunisia’s strategic location and well-developed infrastructure make it an ideal gateway for African businesses seeking access to European, Middle Eastern, and North African markets.
Moreover, Tunisia has been at the forefront of promoting cultural exchange and people-to-people connections between Africa and the Arab world. The country has organized numerous cultural festivals, exhibitions, and artistic collaborations that celebrate the rich diversity of African heritage. These initiatives serve as a bridge for fostering intercultural dialogue, promoting understanding, and building enduring friendships between Tunisia and its African counterparts.
In the realm of education and capacity building, Tunisia has been actively involved in initiatives aimed at strengthening human capital in Africa. The country has offered scholarships and training programs to African students and professionals, enabling them to acquire valuable knowledge and skills. Furthermore, Tunisia has hosted international conferences and workshops, providing a platform for knowledge sharing and networking among African researchers, academics, and experts.
Tunisia’s commitment to Africa is unwavering, and we believe that our collective efforts will lead to a brighter future for the entire continent. We remain steadfast in our determination to work hand in hand with our African brothers and sisters to address shared challenges, promote sustainable development, and create a prosperous Africa for all. As we move forward, Tunisia seeks to deepen existing partnerships and forge new alliances with African nations. We are eager to explore opportunities for collaboration in various fields, including trade, investment, agriculture, renewable energy, tourism, and technology transfer. Together, we can harness the potential of our human and natural resources to drive economic growth, foster innovation, and improve the lives of our people.
In closing, while celebrating Africa Day 2023, I would like to congratulate myself and all African countries, and extend my warmest regards and an invitation to engage in constructive dialogue and cooperation. Let us seize the momentum and build a future where African countries stand united, resilient, and prosperous.