Official:B&R initiative brings opportunities to Tunisia

Added On September 10, 2017

Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa. 
Since the initiative was proposed, more than 100 countries and international organizations have showed support and actively participated in it.
In an interview with CNC, the president of Tunisian Investment Authority says Tunisia can serve as a link between Europe and Africa and Asia.
Laabidi says China boasts well-developed industries and has foresight in economic policies, enabling it to successfully enter markets around the world. 
SOUNDBITE (French): KHALIL LAABIDI, President of Tunisian Investment Authority 
"Tunisia is along the Belt and Road routes and is willing to become a major player in the initiative. Tunisia supports and closely follows this initiative. We should never miss such a great opportunity."
He says Tunisia has great interest in promoting bilateral economic and trade cooperation with China.
SOUNDBITE (French): KHALIL LAABIDI, President of Tunisian Investment Authority 
"Tunisia welcomes more Chinese investors and implement more projects. Chinese investment will bring prosperity and opportunities to Tunisia and this is a win-win approach within the Belt and Road Initiative."
Trade volume between China and Belt and Road countries in 2016 topped 1 trillion U.S. dollars.
Statistics show Chinese companies' total investment and acquisition in Belt and Road countries already exceeded 33 billion dollars as of early August.
SOUNDBITE (French): KHALIL LAABIDI, President of the Tunisian Investment Authority 
"Tunisia can be a link among China, Africa and Europe, providing bridges and springboards for Chinese entrepreneurs to explore markets in both Africa and Europe."
Tunisia ranks as the world's leading exporter of dates and among the top three exporters of olive oil.