CI VIEW: Tunisia economic revival linked to Baltimore/Bizerte Sister City initiative UPDATE

BALTIMORE/BIZERTE (BBN) — (Updating August 3, 2017 to add interview with Libya’s Al-Naseem Food Industries CEO Mohamed Raied) – America’s fastest growing city is becoming the key driver in reviving the fortunes of the Arab world’s first representative democracy – Tunisia through the nascent Sister City partnership between Baltimore, Maryland and the ancient and strategic port city of Bizerte,Tunisia.

[Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman US Senator John McCain filmed by Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA using CI Glass on The U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Partnership The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC. July 11, 2017]

Tunisia’s strategic importance was formalized by President Barack Obama when he declared the North African nation as America’s most strategic non-NATO US ally and the nation’s strategic importance for the US continues with President Donald J. Trump under the leadership of US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Now the Mayor of Baltimore Catherine Pugh and the highest elected official of Bizerte, Tunisian-American Deputy Ali Belakhoua are connecting the most influential leaders of the global economy such as Baltimore natives The Carlyle Group co-CEO and co-Founder David Rubenstein and Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman along with Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) founder and CEO Kevin Plank and the business leaders of the future economic powerhouse of Africa.   

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CI VIEW: Tunisia’s ElFouladh steel group M&A target for Tenaris, Danieli, Macegaglia, Bizerte MP UPDATE

WASHINGTON/BIZERTE (CI MENA) – (Updating on May 18 to add interview with The Abrraj Group Managing Partner Sev Vettivetpillai ) The Tunisian state-owned Societe Tunisiene de Siderugie ElFouladh steel group is a perfect takeover target for specialty steel groups such as Italian-Brazilian giant Tenaris (NYSE: TS); Milan-based Danieli (BIT:DAN); and the Mantova-based Marcegaglia Group, Tunisian Member of Parliament and the highest elected official of Bizerte Ali Belakhoua said.

[Tenaris Chairman and CEO Paolo Rocca speaks to Capitol Intelligence/BBN using CI Glass at SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. June 20, 2016]

In an interview with Capitol Intelligence/CI MENA during the IMF World Bank Spring Meetings, Belakhoua said the Bizerte-based steel plant can be transformed into a specialty oil services steel company serving the needs Tunisian-based oil operators such as oil giants such as Italy’s ENI (NYSE:E) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) and smaller players such as Woodlands, Texas-based Andarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) and Austria’s OMV Group.

Ali Belakhoua is also a member of the Natural Resources Committee of the Tunisian Parliament.

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