The vice president of CEOE and president of the International Relations Committee, Joaquim Gay de Montellà, evaluated the reforms carried out by the government of Tunisia to improve the business climate in the country and strengthen the confidence of Spanish businessmen, during the Hispanic- Tunisian Business Meeting, held at the headquarters of UTICA. The event, organized by both business organizations, was held within the framework of the High Level Meeting between the two countries.

Business meeting

The main objective of this meeting was to present the new economic and investment reforms carried out by the Tunisian government.
Representatives of the main Spanish companies participated, such as ICO, Mapfre, Siemens Gamesa, Abengoa, Acciona, CAF, FCC, Indra, Ferrovial, Typsa, Talgo, Sacyr, Borges, among others.

Bilateral relations

Joaquim Gay de Montellà, highlighted that the Business Meeting represents a great opportunity for Spanish and Tunisian companies to build bridges of collaboration and develop projects.

He also reported that Spanish companies, leaders in sectors such as infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, water, tourism or agro-industry, can contribute decisively to the development of infrastructure and the implementation of new production processes, which add value to exports of the country and generate new employment niches.

Reforms

Gay de Montellà stressed that since the last business meeting in January 2017 at CEOE, on the occasion of the visit to Spain by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, Sabri Bachtobji, “Tunisia has not only established its democracy but also has made important progress in the security field. ” He added that this positive evolution has reinforced confidence in the country’s future.

In this regard, he mentioned that Spanish businessmen also appreciate the efforts made by the Tunisian administration to improve the business climate in the country. In fact, he stressed that the entry into force in July 2017 of the new Investment Law, together with legislative reforms on competition, public markets, public-private partnerships and tax advantages, represent steps in the right direction, so that Companies take advantage of the competitive advantages offered by the country as a platform for exports to the European Union.

The vice president of CEOE concluded that, in the regulatory field, organizations such as CEOE and UTICA should complete and enrich the dialogue on regulations and policies of the Mediterranean countries, in order to create a homogenous framework of rules, allowing the Mediterranean to become a common space for the exchange of goods and services.

UTICA-CEOE Collaboration Agreement

After the business meeting, the agreement that CEOE and UTICA signed in 2003 was renewed, with the aim of relaunching the Hispano-Tunisian Business Council.

Extracted and translated from Spanish

Source: CEOE