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Tunisia Trade Talks Reopen After Revolution

The US government has reopened trade talks with Tunisia, following that country’s spring revolution. By enhancing ties between the two countries, the US hopes to insure that Tunisia makes a stable and sustainable transition to democracy.

Negotiations are occurring under a 2002 framework called the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). An initial round of meetings held in September will be followed by the establishment of a US-Tunisia Council on Trade and Investment.

Tunisia has a robust garment and apparel sector, specializing in semi-finished goods and footwear manufacturing. According to the United States Trade Representative, US exports to Tunisia were $571 million in 2010 and US imports were approximately $406 million. 23.8% of that total, or $71.7 million, consisted of apparel imports.