World Bank to continue supporting Tunisia in its reforms (Resident Representative)

March 13, 2023

TAP) - The World Bank will continue supporting Tunisia in its socio-economic reforms to meet its current challenges such as water shortage and food and energy security, its Resident Representative in Tunisia Alexandre Arrobio said on Friday.

He was speaking as he met President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Samir Majoul.

Alexandre Arrobio praised the 'exemplary' nature of relations between Tunisia and the WB, as well as the bilateral achievements made in joint projects since the independence.

'This can only encourage us to proceed with the same momentum,' he stressed, adding that the World Bank is ready to accompany Tunisia in its transition to a blue and green economy.

Arrobio, who was accompanied by a delegation from the WB, said the private sector is capable of making Tunisia 'a regional hub' in renewable energy.

Majoul, on his part, stressed that relations between Tunisia and the World Bank will always remain exemplary, emphasising the importance of preserving the country's influence and sovereignty.

The World Bank said in a press release on March 6 discussions on the its Country Partnership Framework with Tunisia, which defines the strategic orientations of operational commitments in the medium term (2023-2027) are temporarily paused by management.

The decision was taken amidst the recent events concerning sub-Saharan migrants. The bank, however, said the dialogue and engagement with the Tunisian authorities are maintained, adding it took note of the 'positive steps taken by the government to ease the situation.'


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