Tunisia-UK Trade & Investment Forum 2019

22nd October, Central London
Bab Saadoun City, Tunisia

On 22nd October, a senior delegation from the Government of Tunisia, led by the Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia, will visit London for an investment forum with an afternoon of sector-specific roundtables.




08.00-08.45: Registration


08.45-09.25: Opening Session

Atam Sandhu, CEO, DMA

HE Nabil Ben Khedher, Tunisian Ambassador to the UK

HE Louise De Sousa, British Ambassador to Tunisia

Mr Mehdi Ben Abdallah, President, Tunisian British Chamber of Commerce (TBCC)


09.25-09.30: Video “Invest in Tunisia”


09.30-09.50: Keynote Address

Mr Marouane Al Abassi, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia



Conor Burns MP, Minister of State, Department for International Trade



Paul Arkwright, CEO of the UK-Africa Investment Summit


10.20-10.50: Coffee/Tea Break


10.50-12.00: Tunisia’s Economic Outlook & FDI Opportunities

Mr Abdelbasset Ghanmi, Director General, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA)

Mr Andrew Jeffreys, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Business Group 

Ms Samira Ben Sik Ali, Director, Tunisian General Institution for the Public-Private Partnerships (IGPPP)

Mr Noureddine Hajji, 1st Vice President of the TBCC/ Ernst & Young Managing Partner

Mrs Carla Senatore, International Business Development Office, UK Export Finance

12.00-13.00: Networking Lunch



13.00-14.00: Session 1: Spotlight on Tunisia as an ICT Hub

Mr Hichem Turki, General Director, “Novation City”

Mr Alexander Paine, Associate Director, SME Finance and Development, EBRD

Mr Mohamed Fetah Krichen, CEO, Technopark of Sfax

Q&A session


14.00-15.00: Session 2: Opportunities in Energy and Renewables

Mr Mohamed Ali Khélil, CEO, Tunisian National Oil Company (ETAP)

Mr Harry Boyd Carpenter, Director for Energy, EBRD

Representative of the Tunisian Ministry of Industry, SMEs and Energy (tbc)

Q&A session


14.00-15.00: Session 3: The Competitiveness of Automotive and Aeronautic

Representative of the Tunisian Automotive Association (TAA) (tbc)

Representative of the Tunisian Aerospace Association Industries (GITAS) (tbc)

Q&A session


15.00-15.15: Closing Remarks