AmCham Tunisia is sending its sixth delegation to Washington, D.C.to promote increased economic cooperation between the two countries. This year’s trip, Tunisia Door Knock & JEC Mission – 2016 will follow up on the work of the previous five successful AmCham Delegation visits to the US capital which have taken place during a challenging time for Tunisia both nationally and regionally.US-Tunisia relations have improved during this time and the US government and Congress have committed to support Tunisia’s transition. Within this context, the American Chamber of Commerce in Tunisia (AmCham Tunisia) has been working to promote a constructive dialogue on bilateral issues, and to identify policies and actions that would assist both nations in strengthening cooperation and enabling new investment and business opportunities.
AmCham Tunisia welcomed the launch of the US -Tunisia Strategic Dialogue in 2014, the stated purpose of which was to work toward a deep and comprehensive partnership. In 2015, the US -Tunisia Joint Economic Commission was formed to supplement the Strategic Dialogue and the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in order to further advance economic partnership, expand trade and investment, and promote business opportunities.
This year’s delegation is made up of highly qualified Tunisians, members of AmCham Tunisia. From May 4th to May 6th, 2016 the 12 delegates will meet with think tanks, US trade representatives, US Chamber of Commerce representatives, NUSACC and other organizations in order to lobby for Tunisia’s investment potential.
The AmCham delegation will also participate in the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meeting on May 6th, 2016. The JEC is seen as an appropriate and effective institutional mechanism to deal with bilateral economic and development issues and to envision and enact policies, actions, and practical measures in connection with trade, investment, and sectoral cooperation.
The goals of Tunisia Door Knock & JEC Mission – 2016 are to:
- Raise awareness of Tunisia’ potentialities in trade and investment
- Reinforce Tunisian – US Business cooperation
- Build relations with the Congressional and Executive Branches of the US government
- Represent Tunisia’s private sector during the JEC meeting.