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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