Ambassador Donald Blome
U.S. Relations With Tunisia
Tunisia is a strong partner of the U.S. and the U.S. Government is proud to support Tunisia in its transition to democracy. In this effort, one of the United States' priorities is to help Tunisia provide a secure environment conducive to the development of democratic institutions and practices, and to inclusive economic growth. The U.S. also supports Tunisia as it lays the foundation for political stability and economic prosperity, including efforts to strengthen civil society, empower youth, support economic reform, and create jobs.
U.S. Assistance to Tunisia
Since the January 2011 revolution, the U.S. has committed more than $1.4 billion to support Tunisia’s transition. U.S. assistance to Tunisia focuses on an array of targeted areas that include ensuring and enhancing internal and external security, promoting democratic practices and good governance, and supporting sustainable economic growth.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The U.S. strongly believes that private sector growth and economic opportunity are keys to Tunisia’s prosperity and long-term stability. The U.S. and Tunisia signed a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement and agreement to implement the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act in 2019, a Science and Technology Agreement in 2014, a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2002, a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) in 1990, and a Tax Convention in 1989. In addition, the two countries launched a high-level Joint Economic Commission (JEC) in 2016. The U.S. Government continues to support Tunisia’s efforts to attract foreign investment.