Japan-Tunisia Relations

Japan-Tunisia Relations (Basic Data)

January 26, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in June 1956
  • Japanese Embassy opened in Tunisia in 1969
  • Japan-Tunisia Joint Committee has taken place regularly since 1985. The 9th Joint Committee was held in Tunis in July 2017.

Bilateral Treaties and Agreements:

  • 1956 Visa Exemption Arrangement
  • 1960 Trading Arrangement
  • 1974 Exchange of Notes on an Agreement to Dispatch Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to Tunisia

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese residing in Tunisia: 126 (October 2016)
  • Number of Tunisian residing in Japan: 454 (December 2016)

Economic Relations:

  • Exports: to Japan 10.8 billion yen (2016) (textile, electrical product and tuna)
  • Imports: from Japan 8.9 billion yen (2016) (motorcar, machinery and electrical product)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (Cumulative total as of March 2015) :

Official Development Assistance (ODA) :

  • (a) Japan provides support based on the Country Assistance Policy of Tunisia, amended in March 2013. Japan supports the efforts exerted by Tunisia to achieve a stable political system and realize economic development by using Japanese technologies and knowledge in mainly following domains;
    • (1) Domestic reforms aiming at impartial political and administrative management
    • (2) Sustainable industrial development
    • (3) Human resource development to undertake domestic industrial development
  • (b) In March 1999, Japan and Tunisia signed the "Japan-Tunisia Triangular Technical Cooperation Program for The Promotion of South-South Cooperation in Africa".
    In August 2017, Master’s Degree and Internship Program of African Business Education Initiative for Youth

RECENT MAJOR PROJECTS (Loan aid) :

Borj Cedria Science and Technology Park Development Project (2005), Photovoltaic Rural Electrification and Water Supply Project (2005), Jendouba Rural Water Supply Project (2006 loan), Private Investment Credit Project (2006), National TV Broadcasting Center Project (2006), Water Saving Agriculture Project in Southern Oasis Area (2006), Integrated Reforestation Project (II) (2007), Project for Desalination of Groundwater in Southern Region (2009), Metropolitan Railway Electrification Project (II) (2010), Gabes-Medenine Trans-Maghrebin Corridor Construction Project (2012), Local Cities Water Supply Network Improvement Project (2012), Local Cities Water Environment Improvement Project (2013) Mejerda River Flood Control Project (2014), Rades Combined Cycle Power Plant Construction Project (2014), Construction of a sea water desalination station at SFAX (2017).

Cultural Relations:

  • (a) Tunisian students are sent to Japan as Japanese scholars every year4
  • (b) Film, TV programs, music and sports exchange
  • (c) Cultural grants available upon requests
  • (d) Learning exchange
  • (e) Interactive exchange between cultures
  • (f) Sister cities solidarity (Seto and Nabul)
  • (g) NGO interaction

Friendship League:

  • Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
  • Tunisia-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League
  • Japan-Tunisia Friendship commission
  • Japan Tunisia Friendship Association
  • Tunisia Japan Friendship Association

VIP Visits

From Japan to Tunisia(from 2003)
Year Name
2003 Vice-President of House of Councillors, Shoji Motooka
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoriko Kawaguchi
2004 Forme Prime Minister, Yoshiro Mori
2005 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Katsuyuki Kawai
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication, Heizo Takenaka
2006 President of House of Representatives, Yohei Kono
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shintaro Ito
2008 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Osamu Uno
Senior Vice-Minister of Environment, Ikuzo Sakurai
2009 Vice President of House of Councillors, Akiko Santo
2010 State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tadahiko Matsushita
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Seiji Maehara
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Akihiko Oohata
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Hamada
2012 Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ryuji Yamane
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Hamada
2013 President of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
Ichiro Aisawa
2014 Parliamentary Senior- Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nobuo Kishi
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yasuyuki Nakane
2015 Parliamentary Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takashi Uto
2015 Parliamentary Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki NAKANE
2016 Vice-President of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League Kazunori TANAKA
2016 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motome TAKISAWA
2017 Parliamentary Senior-Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro SONOURA
From Tunisia to Japan(from 2003)
Year Name
2003 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchii
2004 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Habib Ben Yahia
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
2005 Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouiri
Minister of Justice ad Human Rights, Bechir Tekkari
2006 Minister of Health, Mohamed Ridha Kechrid
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdelwaheb Abdallah
2007 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
2008 Secretary of State under the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saida Chtioui
President of the Chamber of Councillors, Abdallah Kallar
Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Lahar Bououni
2009 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdelwaheb Abdallah
Minister of Culture and Protection of national Heritage, Abderraouf El Basti
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Lazhar
Bououni
2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Mouldi Kefi
2012 Secretary of State under the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hedi Ben Abbes
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafik Abdessalem
Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Riadh Bettaieb
2013 President of the Republic of Tunisia, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Othman Jarandi
Minister of Tourism, Jamel Ghamra
Minister of Equipment and Environment, Mohamed Salmane
Secretary of State to the Minister of Development and International Co-operation, Noureddine Kaabi
Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Economic Affairs, Ridha Saidi
2014 President of the UTICA (Tunisia Union for Industry, Commerce and Handcrafts), Ouided Bouchamaoui
Minister of High Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technologies, Taoufik JELASSI
Minister of Education, Fathi JARRAY
2015 Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Nejib Derouiche
2016 Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies, Héla Cheikhrouhou
2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui