Last May 4, Tunisian Minister of Industry and SMEs Salah Ben Youssef had a virtual meeting with Italian companies present in the country. The Minister wanted to take stock of the situation of Italian production activities.

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Lorenzo Fanara, Italian Ambassador in Tunis

The videoconference, held on the first day of the country’s partial and progressive de-confinement, was organized by the Embassy of Italy in Tunis, together with the Tunisian-Italian Chamber of Commerce. Donatella Iaricci, the Director the Tunis Office of the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), was also present.

On this occasion, the Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Fanara guaranteed the Minister the contribution of Italian companies to the economic recovery of the African country. More than 800 Italian companies in Tunisia are committed to restarting production in full compliance with the health requirements provided for by the Tunisian law for the protection of workers.

The Italian Embassy in Tunis

For these efforts to be successful, Fanara also indicated to Minister Ben Youssef the need on the part of Tunisian institutions to comply with legality requirements, adopt transparent administrative procedures and ensure easier access to credit.

On his part, Minister Ben Youssef promised to protect Italian economic operators, ensuring his direct intervention to facilitate the resumption of production activities. “It will be necessary to find a new way to work to overcome the crisis generated by the pandemic,” he said.

The economic partnership with Italy is very important for the Tunisian government and Minister Ben Youssef himself reaffirmed his commitment to guaranteeing the transparency of procedures in this new phase.

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