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 thoroughfare. 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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