French president visits Tunisia but will it help?

French president visits Tunisia to boost cooperation:

+VIDEO BelowTunisia’s 2020 Vision.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived late Wednesday afternoon in Tunisia’s capital for a 24-hour state visit, his first to an Arab country since his election last May.

Heading a high-level delegation, Macron visited the North African country at the invitation of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, after recent trips to other African countries including Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.

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Tunisia’s 2020 Economic Outlook

Far from being confined to financial assistance to Tunisia, the French president said there was “a lot of common work between our two countries.” “In Tunisia reforms must be implemented to recover its position as an investment hub throughout the region,” he said.
Tunisia expects its economy to turn a corner by 2020, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said, as his administration faces a wave of protests over living standards that have been slow to improve since the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.


Violent protests erupted this month against the government’s program of subsidy cuts and tax increases. The demonstrations subsided after the government offered about $70 million to help low-income households weather the price increases.

If Tunisia can stay the course on reforms and barring major terrorist attacks, Chahed said he expects growth to reach 3 percent this year and return to pre-revolutionary levels by 2020.

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