CAPE TOWN - South Africa's trade and industry deputy minister Nomalungelo Gina and Tunisian secretary of state for foreign affairs Sabri Bachtoji have committed to strengthening bilateral economic relations in order to increase trade and investment between their two countries, the government said on Wednesday.
During a meeting in Pretoria, the two emphasised the need to establish a framework and create a conducive environment for the two countries' business communities to work together.
“Our countries have enjoyed historically strong political ties but it is incumbent upon us to strengthen our economic ties and increase economic cooperation between our countries,” Bachtoji said.
“As government, we need to work together in setting up a framework and creating an environment that will encourage our business communities to explore the economic opportunities that are available in both countries."
He said a number of sectors in the Tunisian economy were teeming with opportunities that South African companies could take advantage of through trade, partnerships, investment and joint ventures.