Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 10, 2011


The U.S. Department of State will convene a one-day Tunisia Partnerships Forum on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Forum participants will include Tunisian Ambassador to the United States Mohamed Salah Tekaya, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Hammer, Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez, Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions Ambassador William Taylor, Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris M. Balderston, and Noureddine Zekri, Director General of the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency. They will join more than one hundred U.S. businesspeople and investors, as well as over a dozen Tunisian businesspeople, including leaders serving on the local board of Partners for a New Beginning’s North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity (PNB-NAPEO).

This Forum will focus on creating revenue-generating deals to encourage job creation and economic opportunity that will benefit both Americans and Tunisians. Three sectors have been identified by the Tunisian Government and private sector as priorities for this gathering: tourism, trade, and information communications technology.

In September 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tunisian Foreign Minister Mohammed Mouldi Kefi signed a new framework for bilateral cooperation, the U.S.-Tunisia Joint Political and Economic Partnership. This forum will begin to fulfill one of the main objectives of this framework: linking potential investors to the Tunisian diaspora.

The event will take place in the U.S. Department of State’s George C. Marshall Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be open to credentialed members of the media.

For more information about the Tunisia Partnerships Forum, including the event agenda, visit www.state.gov/s/partnerships/tunisia and use #TnInvest on Twitter.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 7:30 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance lobby. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:10 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance lobby.

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

PRESS CONTACT:
Maureen Thaivalappil
Global Partnership Initiative (S/GPI)
(202) 236-4132



PRN: 2011/1914