Building bridges of friendship and cooperation by jbi16304


									                                                                                                                       Tunisia national day
Building bridges of friendship and cooperation
Noureddine Hached                            forms it has undertaken, Tuni-                                                  2008-2009 by the Davos World         the EU, by its highly qualified   historical heritage, from
AMBASSADOR OF TUNISIA                        sia has indeed managed, in a                                                    Economic Forum ranks Tuni-           human resources, as well as       Hannibal’s Carthage to mod-
------------------------------------------   relatively short period of time,                                                sia 36th out of a total of 134 de-   by an Investment Code, which      ern-day Tunisia, consolidat-
As Tunisia celebrates today                  to make significant gains in                                                    veloped and emerging coun-           offers foreign investors con-     ing the people-to-people rela-
the 53rd anniversary of its in-              the political, economic and so-                                                 tries in terms of global com-        siderable incentives and ex-      tions between Tunisia and Ja-
dependence, I would like to                  cial fields. Tunisia’s policies                                                 petitiveness.                        emptions.                         pan. The establishment of
extend the greetings of Presi-               and achievements have won                                                          Tunisia has a long record of         We now look forward to wel-    direct flights between our
dent Zine El Abidine Ben Ali                 the respect and consideration                                                   fruitful cooperation and close       coming a larger number of         two countries would greatly
to Their Imperial Majesties                  of the international communi-                                                   political dialogue with Japan,       Japanese companies. Promot-       contribute to achieving this
Emperor Akihito and Em-                      ty, which presents Tunisia as a                                                 my objective now is to imple-        ing direct contacts between       objective.
press Michiko, to all mem-                   model of success for develop-                                                   ment President Ben Ali’s vi-         the Japanese and Tunisian            On March 21, the Rades-la-
bers of the Imperial family,                 ing countries. It is a model                                                    sion of a strategic partnership      business communities is cru-      Goulette Bridge will be inau-
and to the government and                    based on the continual search                                                   with Japan through the               cial to achieving this objec-     gurated. A major construction
people of the friendly nation                for a better balance between                                                    strengthening of our economic        tive. In this regard creating a   project carried out in coopera-
of Japan. I also avail myself                the imperatives of sustained                                                    relations.                           Tunisia-Japan business group      tion with Japan, this bridge
of this opportunity to express               economic development and                                                           In 2008, two major Japanese       is one of my priorities.          bears testimony to the long-
my thanks to Yoshiro Mori,                   the demands for coherent so-                                                    companies, Sumitomo and                 It is also my hope that        lasting friendship between Tu-
president of the Japan-Tuni-                 cial promotion.                    Tunisian President Zine El                   Yazaki, decided to invest in         more and more Japanese            nisia and Japan.
sia Parliamentary League,                       A member country of the         Abidine Ben Ali                              Tunisia, following the path of       tourists will visit Tunisia in       In this year of the 53rd anni-
for his continued support to                 World Trade Organization,          my capable of adapting to the                many other foreign compa-            the future to discover its        versary of diplomatic rela-
Tunisia and to the diplomatic                Tunisia is also the first coun-    new international environ-                   nies that were attracted by Tu-      beautiful and diverse nature,     tions between Tunisia and Ja-
action of the Embassy of Tu-                 try on the southern coast of the   ment. The latest report on                   nisia’s proximity and prefer-        its healthy and delicious cui-    pan, I wish long life to the Ja-
nisia in Tokyo.                              Mediterranean to have con-         global   competitiveness                     ential trading relations with        sine, and its rich cultural and   pan-Tunisia success story.
   2009 is a seminal year for                cluded a partnership and co-
Tunisia, with presidential and
legislative elections sched-
uled for October. We are confi-
                                             operation agreement with the
                                             European Union, the main
                                             component of which was the
                                                                                High-level exchanges strengthen relations                                                                                                               High time: A burnished metal clock tower provides a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        glimmering landmark toward the western end of Tunis’ main
dent that these elections will               establishment of a free-trade
further anchor the democratic                area. In this perspective, Tu-     Yoshiro Mori                                 al Conference on African De-         Ghannouchi and many other         the minister of foreign af-         that the relationship between     parliamentarians of both
process ushered in by Presi-                 nisia has initiated an impor-      PRESIDENT, JAPAN-TUNISIA                     velopment, TICAD IV, which           leaders.                          fairs, visited Japan last           the two countries had steadi-     countries will be actively pro-
dent Ben Ali and consolidate                 tant program of multisectoral      PARLIAMENTARY LEAGUE                         was an important event for              All comments and sugges-       March to attend the sixth Ja-       ly strengthened.                  moted, and will further en-
the achievements of our coun-                reforms aimed at laying the        ------------------------------------------   diplomacy with Africa.               tions from African countries      pan-Tunisia Joint Committee            Furthermore, the long-         hance the friendly and cooper-
try under his leadership.                    foundations for a solid, diver-    On the occasion of the Nation-                  At TICAD IV, Tunisia’s            at TICAD IV were reflected        meeting. Wide-ranging views         awaited Rades-la-Goulette         ative relationship.
Thanks to the wide-ranging re-               sified and competitive econo-      al Day to celebrate the 53rd                 prime minister, Mohamed              in the discussions at the G-8     were exchanged with Keni-           Bridge, a yen loan financed          The bilateral relationship
                                                                                anniversary of                               Ghannouchi, read a message           Hokkaido Toyako summit in         chiro Sasae, deputy minister        project, will be inaugurated      between Japan and Tunisia
                                                                                the indepen-                                 from President Ben Ali. Fif-         July. Without doubt, the TI-      for foreign affairs, on the bi-     March 21. It is a memorable       has expanded in a variety of
                                                                                dence of the Re-                             ty-one countries with 41             CAD process has had a signif-     lateral relationship, as well       construction serving as a         fields, and at different levels.
                                                                                public of Tuni-                              heads of state attended the          icant influence on African de-    as the situation in the Middle      bridge of friendship between      As president of the Japan-Tu-
                                                                                sia, as presi-                               conference and actively dis-         velopment policies in the in-     East and Asia. In April, Ab-        Japan and Tunisia.                nisia Parliamentary League I
                                                                                dent of the                                  cussed the direction of Afri-        ternational community. I am       dallah Kallel, president of the        From Japan, a delegation of    would like to express my com-
                                                                                Japan-Tu n i s i a                           can development, putting im-         keen to support the process       House of Councilors, visited        parliamentarians headed by        mitment again to the further
                                                                                Parliamentary                                portance on accelerating             for steadily implementing         Japan. In May, Mohamed              Asahiko Mihara, director gen-     development of good relations
                                                                                League I would                               growth, ensuring human se-           and enhancing the assistance      Nouri Jouini, minister of de-       eral of the International Bu-     between our two countries.
                                                                                like to extend my warmest                    curity, and addressing envi-         measures drawn up at TI-          velopment and international         reau of the Liberal Democrat-        Finally, on the occasion of
                                                                                congratulations to President                 ronmental and climate                CAD IV.                           cooperation, also visited Ja-       ic Party, visited Tunisia last    Tunisia’s National Day, I ex-
                                                                                Ben Ali and all the people of                changes. I served as co-chair           Regarding the recent ex-       pan. I had an opportunity to        July and participated in the      tend my best wishes for the
                                                                                the country.                                 of the general assembly, and         change of visits between Tu-      meet them and exchange              convention of the Constitution-   health and prosperity of Presi-
                                                                                   Last May, Japan hosted                    also engaged in separate             nisia and Japan, Saida            views, and to my great plea-        al Democratic Rally. I hope       dent Ben Ali, and all the people
                                                                                the fourth Tokyo Internation-                talks with Prime Minister            Chtioui, secretary of state to    sure both parties confirmed         that such exchanges between       of his country.

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