Sat, 27 Aug 2022 - 10:57 GMT
Sat, 27 Aug 2022 - 10:57 GMT
CAIRO – 27 August 2022: Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli congratulated on Saturday Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on the success of the constitutional referendum in July, through which Tunisian people voted for the new Tunisian constitution.
Madbouli wished Tunisia continued prosperity and stability under the leadership of Saied during his visit to Tunisia to attend the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) held on 27-28 August on behalf of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Saied and Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Bouden received Madbouli on Saturday morning ahead of the TICAD summit, a statement by the Egyptian Cabinet read.
The Egyptian premier is set to deliver a speech at the first plenary session of the TICAD that is concerned with economic topics. Mabouli will also hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.
Madbouli expressed happiness to be present in Tunisia after a few months from participating in the higher joint committee between the two countries held in Tunisia.
The Egyptian premier also highlighted the importance of the TICAD summit as an international platform in partnership with Japan that is concerned with the development issues in Africa.
In May, Madbouli participated in the 17th session of the Egyptian-Tunisian Joint Higher Committee, during which the two countries agreed to make 2022-2023 a year of activating economic cooperation between the two countries and to activate a maritime shipping line between both sides.
This was announced by Mabouli in his speech at the Egyptian-Tunisian Economic Forum that was co-chaired by him and his Tunisian counterpart Najla Bouden on the sidelines of the session.
“It requires us to work immediately to achieve this,” said Mabdouli, adding that there are no restrictions on businessmen between the two countries.
Madbouli noted that the trade exchange volume between the two countries witnessed a decline during the past two years to nearly 50 percent due to the successive crises of the coronavirus and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“Egypt is ready to activate a regular maritime line between the two countries, but the private sector must participate on both sides,” he said.
For her part, the Tunisian Prime Minister said that her country is working on facilitating the entry procedures with the electronic visa for businessmen, with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to support and enhance aspects of cooperation in the areas of digitization and improve the level of services.
The number of cooperation agreements between both sides are 11 in various fields, said Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Rania al Mashat.
In statements to Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA against the backdrop of the session, Mashat added: “Tunisian side is keen to benefit from the Egyptian experiment in several fields, including social solidarity and supporting megaprojects.