Foreign Minister Khémaies Jhinaoui announced Wednesday, June 28, 2017, that the Tunisair company is considering the opening of a direct Tunisia-Cameroon airline, as well as a commercial representation in the city of Douala.
On the sidelines of the Tunisian-Cameroon economic forum, Jhinaoui also discussed the possibility of launching a maritime line between Tunisia and the port city of Douala.
On the other hand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited the Cameroonian businessmen to examine the opportunities of partnership with their Tunisian counterparts, underlining the Tunisian government’s willingness to make available favorable conditions to strengthen Tunisian-Cameroonian cooperation.
The economic forum between Cameroon and Tunisia will be held on 28 and 29 June in the Cameroonian capital. There are important Tunisian companies and institutions in the sectors of agriculture and agro-industry, renewable energies, information and communication technologies, energy, construction and public works, Higher education, scientific research, health, the pharmaceutical industry and tourism.
On the sidelines of the meeting of the Follow-up Committee of the 10th session of the High Commission for Bilateral Cooperation, this meeting is, according to the Ministry of Economy, “an opportunity for exchanges between Tunisian investors and Economic operators of Cameroon “.
It will also make it possible to agree, inter alia, on the possibilities of joint ventures and the financing of projects of common interest.
From 8 to 13 February, a prospecting mission, made up of some 20 Tunisian businessmen operating mainly in the agri-food sector, had already visited Cameroon in order to deepen investment opportunities and Joint venture, but also to establish multi-sectoral contacts.
A year earlier, it was a Tunisian multi-sectoral mission that signed two agreements with Cameroon, the first on the development of exports, foreign direct investment in Tunisia and the promotion of its investments in third countries.
And while the two countries also plan to open an air link, the other agreement was in the form of a memorandum of understanding, preparatory to a specific convention aimed at identifying the strategic axes of an airline, Exchanges and cooperation.
According to official statistics, in 2016, Cameroon ranked 52nd among Tunisia’s suppliers, and was the 31st customer.