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Industry Minister meets with foreign investors in aeronautics.

TUNIS, Feb. 10, 2011 (TAP) - Tunisian Aeronautic and Space Industries Group (GITAS) recommended ensuring the safety of its production sites and providing appropriate logistics for the good progress of activities likely to combine optimum conditions for the return to normal.

Mr. Philippe Cussonet, Chairman of the Group, said at a meeting that brought together on Thursday representatives of the aeronautic sector in Tunisia and Industry and Technology Minister Afif Chelbi, that the production sites suffered no damage after the recent events in Tunisia, calling for further ensuring the safety of these sites.

He also emphasised the need to ensure road safety to reassure workers.

Mr. Cussonet called to secure continuity of activity of Rades port, for both imports and exports.

He said the economic situation in Tunisia arouses concern of the raw materials suppliers of the aeronautic sector in Tunisia, as they demand today advances from different production units before any supply operation.

Mr. Chelbi said his Department is permanently in touch with the Defence and Interior Ministries to ensure the safety of aeronautic production sites, calling upon investors to get in touch, in case of emergency, the "crisis unit" created within the Industry Ministry.

He said, however, that the security situation in the country is temporary and will be improved in the coming period.

He also pointed out that efforts will focus on guaranteeing continuity of activities of the Rades port and speeding up works at the Enfidha port to enhance logistic services provided to investors.

He said that, despite the delicate situation the country is living through, the Tunisian economy still enjoys confidence of investors, adding that the number of investment intents declared at the Industry and Innovation Promotion Agency in 2011 is almost the same as the one recorded in January 2010.

The Minister said revenues generated by exports of Tunisian manufactured industries in January 2011 reached 1.4 billion Dinars, i.e. a decrease of 2.3% compared to the same period of 2010.

He said the slogan "Invest in Democracy" will be the next period's roadmap.

The minister also announced the organisation by the end of the first quarter of 2011 (March or April) of an International Conference which will provide the opportunity for Tunisia's partners, particularly the European Union, to provide support to the Tunisian economy.

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Date:Feb 11, 2011
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