EBRD VEEP VISITING TUNISIA TO DISCUSS REFORM MEASURES WITH TUNISIAN OFFICIALS

TUNIS-- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Vice-President for Policy and Partnerships, Pierre Heilbronn, on Tuesday begins a four-day visit to Tunisia during which he will open an international forum on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), organized by the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Co-operation, with the EBRD, the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the Public Private Partnership Authority (IGPPP).

The EBRD said in a statement received here Monday that he will also discuss with the country's leaders reforms necessary to promote growth and employment.

Ahead of his visit to Tunis, Heilbronn had said that the EBRD was fully committed to further supporting Tunisia's 2016-2020 development plan and that he looked forward to the success of the Public-Private Partnerships Forum and to discussions with the Tunisian authorities on how the Bank could further contribute to the country's sustainable economic growth.

During his visit, Heilbronn will meet with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Minister of Development, Investment and International Co-operation Zied Ladhari, Finance Minister Ridha Chalghoum, Minister of Energy Slim Feriani, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia, Marouane Abassi, among others.

The EBRD delegation will include Mattia Romani, its Managing Director Economics, Policy and Governance; Bassem Kamar, Lead Economist for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region; and Antoine Salle de Chou, Head of the EBRD office in Tunisia.

Since the EBRD began operations in Tunisia in September 2012, the Bank has invested more than 730 million Euros in 33 projects in the country. The Bank's investments aim to support the restructuring and strengthening of the financial sector and financing private enterprises, supporting energy efficiency and developing a sustainable energy sector as well as facilitating non-sovereign financing for infrastructure development.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK