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Boosting Tunisian-Russian economic co-operation.

25/04/2019 16:01, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) -- Tunisian exports to Russia increased by 5.7% during 2018, standing at 3.3 million dinars (MD), said President of the Export Promotion Centre (French: CEPEX) Lassad Labidi.

Receiving a Russian delegation operating in the fields of production of agricultural equipment and phyto-pharmaceutical products as well as organic fertilisers so as to improve the soil and bio production for livestock breeding, Labidi added that new products have been exported for the first time in 2018 to the Russian market, such as tomato paste (64 thousand dinars), cork (159 thousand dinars), cardboard (123 thousand dinars) and plastic (122 thousand dinars).

Emphasis is currently being placed on stepping up the presence of Tunisian exported products (peppers, fresh salad, shellfish, fresh fish products and pasta), he indicated.

In this respect, he noted that the level of Tunisian-Russian economic co-operation is not at the level of the excellent political relations between both countries and the provided opportunities in the different fields.

The volume of Tunisian exports to Russia does not exceed $20 million (61MD), while imports from this country amount to $500 million (1.4 billion dinars), he pointed out, highlighting Tunisia's keenness to step up relations with Russia through the opening of maritime line between Tunisia and Russia with an average of two trips per month.

Labidi further called on the Russian delegation, currently paying a two-day working visit to Tunisia (April 25-26) as part of the works of the Tunisian-Russian Joint Commission led by President of the Russian-Tunisian Business Council Tatiana Sadofieva, to simplify the entry procedures of investors and Tunisian products in the Russian market and to benefit from incentives offered by Tunisia to international partners.

For her part, Sadofieva evoked the place of Tunisian products in the Russian market and the Russian demand on these high-quality products.

In this respect, she highlighted the businessmen readiness to boost partnership with their Tunisian counterparts and to explore new co-operation and partnership opportunities, notably in the trade, transport, tourism and communication technologies fields.

The sector of agricultural products and agro-food industries are topping Tunisian exports in the Russian market in 2018, with a share of about 54.9%, while the sector of various industries ranks second with 38.6% and the textile and clothing sector 3rd with 3.5%.

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Date:Apr 25, 2019
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