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Qatar-Tunisia trade surges by 200% in first half of 2018


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The Peninsula, 17 September 2018

The bilateral relations between Qatar and Tunisia have grown stronger over the past years. The volume of trade between Qatar and Tunisia has risen by more than 200 percent in the first half of this year compared to the second half of previous year, said Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Qatar, Slah Salhi.

The Ambassador has appreciated the relationship between Qatar and Tunisia saying, “Qatar is among the top countries which are supporting investment in Tunisia and is still continuing that support. To support Tunisian economy, Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had announced the allocation of $1.25bn as a contribution at Tunisia 2020 Conference (held in November 2016) to support the Tunisian economy and promote its development drive”.

“All these indicate strong relations between Qatar and Tunisia,” the Ambassador told The Peninsula in an exclusive interview.

“There are more than 26,000 Tunisians in Qatar, reflecting growing and strong relations between the two countries. Qatar has the second largest foreign direct investment in Tunisia, accounting 16 percent of the country’s available investments,” the Ambassador added.

He also said that the Tunisian community in Qatar had increased in the last five years which indicated the continued development of bilateral relations whether political, economic or cultural. Replying to a question about Qatar's preparation for World Cup 2022, he said that Tunisia supports Qatar to host this championship, adding that whole Arab world should be proud of this and not only Qatar.

“It is the first time that an Arab country is hosting such a mega sports event and Tunisia has established a parliamentary committee to support Qatar for hosting the event. Also, all Tunisian expertise will be provided in collaboration with Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy,” he added.

The Ambassador said that he had attended a school opening ceremony to encourage parents. He had attended an opening ceremony of a Tunisian school early last week at Abu Hamour,

“We thank the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their continued support and facilities which are being provided to Tunisian community in Qatar and Tunisian school.”

The Tunisian Ambassador said: “This increase in the population of Tunisian community demanded increasing the capacity of school due to an increased number of students. We are waiting for the good news about building a new school that will be bigger enough to accommodate more students compared to the current one,” he added.

The Peninsula

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