[ACCI-CAVIE] On 29 September 2023, His Excellency the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tunisia to Cameroon, accompanied by the First Secretary of his Embassy, was received by the President of the African Centre for Competitive Intelligence (ACCI), Guy Gweth, on a working and friendly visit to the Centre’s head office in Bastos, Yaoundé.
On Friday 29 September 2023, H.E. Mr Karim Ben Becher, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Tunisia to Cameroon, was received at ACCI headquarters, accompanied by the First Secretary of his embassy. After a guided tour of the ACCI premises, located in Yaoundé’s historic hub of diplomatic representations and international organisations, a stone’s throw from the Presidential Palace.
The three men had candid and constructive discussions on current African affairs, touching on subjects such as;
- Tunisia’s position in the Francophonie and in the African Continental Free Trade Area (Zlecaf);
- International solidarity in North Africa following recent humanitarian disasters;
- Trade relations between Cameroon and Tunisia ( not forgetting the thorny issue of illegal immigration from Africa and the situation of sub-Saharan Africans in Tunisia);
- And finally, the next edition of the Festival de l’intelligence économique francophone (FIEF), which will take place on 02 November 2023 in Yaoundé.
H.E. Karim Ben Becher and Guy Gweth met for the very first time in March 2018 at the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tunis. At the time, Guy Gweth was Director General for Africa and African Regional Organisations, in charge of sub-Saharan African countries and regional organisations, namely the African Union. He was also responsible for cooperation with La Francophonie. Closely involved with ACCI’s achievements, the diplomat was patron of the Alyssa class at the short, intensive and certifying training session in African market intelligence provided by the Centre in the land of jasmine.
Both men met again in June 2022, when the Tunisian ambassador granted him an audience in Yaounde. During this meeting, the President of the ACCI introduced H.E. Karim Ben Becher to the Festival de l’intelligence économique francophone (FIEF) and explained why Djerba had been chosen to host the first edition of the event, on the eve of the XVIIIth Summit of OIF Heads of State and Government. By visiting ACCI headquarters in the run-up to the second edition of the FIEF, the Tunisian diplomat was – in a way – passing on the flame of the Djerba Festival to the city of seven hills. He is also one of the authors of the white paper that will emerge from this year’s festival.