ALGIERS – Wednesday, 04 October 2023 (APS) – Tunisian Prime Minister Ahmed Hachani stressed Tuesday, in Algiers, the importance of achieving the level of a strategic partnership between Tunisia and Algeria, given the ongoing international changes.

Hachani, who co-chaired with Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane the opening of the Algeria-Tunisia Business Economic Forum, described the Algerian-Tunisian relations as “exemplary” and “historic.”

“We are proud and satisfied with the scale of cooperation between the two countries and remain convinced that trade and economic cooperation can be enhanced,” he added.

The Tunisian prime minister reaffirmed the need to speed up the establishment of a joint task force to examine the update of the preferential trade agreement so it can hold its inaugural meetings prior to the end of this year, expressing his wish to see this task force hold a technical meeting on the creation of a free zone along the border between both countries.

The Tunisian Prime Minister said that the forum represents an appropriate framework for the meetings of Tunisian and Algerian businessmen, whose “organization mirrors the major importance given by the governments of both countries to the private sector, to contribute in shaping effective partnerships, while exploiting the offered opportunities as well as the real abilities of both countries.”

“The international changes have shown that we have no alternative but to unify our efforts and strengthen our common action to achieve an effective strategic partnership,” he said.

Hachani said Tunisia would extend a warm welcome to Algerian businessmen and investors, promising them to “provide all the necessary facilities and support for completing their projects across different promising sectors, particularly in energy, renewable energy, automobile industry, pharmaceuticals industries, and tourism.”