“Algeria and Tunisia aspire to play a key role in promoting the economic cooperation in the Maghreb region” and strengthening the economic “integration” among its countries, Finance Minister Abderrahmane Benkhelfa said Sunday in Tipasa (50 km west of Algiers).
In a message on occasion of the ceremony of the graduation of the 32nd class of the Algerian-Tunisian Institute of Customs and Tax Economics of Kolea, read on his behalf by the Ministry’s General Secretary Boutaba Mouloud, the minister recalled the creation of the Institute, affirming the continuation of these efforts through the creation of a Maghreb Bank of Investment and External Trade as part of the promotion of the economic cooperation in the region.
In this regard, the minister stressed the importance of “common” economic objectives among the Maghreb countries to achieve a diversified economy based on “per capita income”, “reducing unemployment”; “competition”, “broadening the tax base” and “tax stability as a means to pay investments.”
Tunisian ambassador to Algiers Abdelmadjid Ferchichi described the Algerian-Tunisian Institute of Customs and Tax Economics as a “powerful example” of cooperation between financial services of the two countries, stressing the importance of the Bank which is chaired by Algeria and based in Tunisia in “the strengthening of exemplary cooperation” between the two countries.
Since its creation, the Algerian-Tunisian Institute of Customs and Tax Economics trained 1209 senior officers, including 777 Algerian officers.