TUNIS, (TAP)- President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Donald Kaberuka asserted that leaving Tunisia does not mean that the Bank will abandon the country, because the relations will continue in such a manner as to support the Tunisian people.
During a farewell ceremony held, Friday in Tunis, in his honor, on the occasion of the return of the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, AfDB President lauded the favorable working conditions which were ensured for all the employees of the bank, in Tunis. Mr. Kaberuka said that despite the difficult security conditions after the Revolution, "we did not think even for a moment to leave Tunisia because we have trust in the Tunisian people and in their will to promote their country."
Minister of Economy and Finance Hakim Ben Hammouda underlined, on this occasion, the support provided by the AfDB to Tunisia as a strategic and historical partner, highlighting the role played by this institution after the Revolution, which granted Tunisia a total amount of credits of Ê1 billion (1.77 billion dinars).
He said that this financial support contributed to the national economy recovery.
In turn, Minister in charge of Economic Affairs Nidhal Ouerfelli said that the AfDB was the first institution to support Tunisia during the difficult post Revolution period underlining its commitment to support the political, economic and social transition of the country. Mr. Chedly Ayari Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) commended the presence of the bank alongside Tunisia in periods where the country faced difficulties to find a partner to support it."