The Republic of Tunisia recognised the Republic of Estonia on 2 September 1992. Diplomatic relations were established on 29 June 1992.
From 2001-2002 the first Tunisian Ambassador to Estonia was Mr. Ali Bousnina.
From June 2017 until June 2019 Tunisian Ambassador to Estonia was Mr. Sghaier Fatnassi, residing in Warsaw. from 19 June 2019 the tunisian Ambassador to Estonia is Mrs. Sarra Chaouani Abidi, residing in Helsinki.
From March 2016 the Estonian Ambassador to Tunisia is Mr. Alar Streimann, Ambassador resides in Paris.
On 30 January 2008 the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tunisia was opened. The Estonian Honorary Consul in Tunisia is Mr. Jelil Bouraoui.
9 April 2019, the Estonia -Tunisia parliamentary group was established in the Riigikogu, chaired by Mr. Dmitri Dmitrijev.
Visits and meetings
- June 2019 - Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik met with Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia Prof. Samir El Tayeb on sidelines of the 41st Session of the FAO Conference in Rome.
- February 2019 - President Kersti Kaljulaid met with the President of Tunisia Béji Caïd Essebsi during the 32nd Summit of African Union in Addis Ababa.
- September 2018 - Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met with Foreign Minister of Tunisia Mr. Khemaies Jhinaouiga in New York.
- June 2013 – Foreign Minister Urmas Paet’s visit to Tunisia
- March 2012 – Foreign Minister Urmas Paet’s visit to Tunisia
- January 2008 – Foreign Minister’s chef de cabinet Jüri Seilenthal visited Tunisia for the opening of the first Estonian Honorary Consulate in Tunis, Tunisia.
- November 2005 – Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Edgar Savisaar attended the Information Society Congress in Tunisia
- January 2005 – Tunisian State Secretary for European Relations Mohamed Hatem Ben Salemi visited Estonia
- June 1992 – Tunisian Minister of Health Daly Jazi visited Estonia
An agreement for co-operation in culture, education and research was signed on 27 January 2005.
An agreement for granting visa freedom to travellers with diplomatic passports was signed on 27 September 2013.
Estonia-Tunisia trade 2010-2018 (millions EUR):
As of 2018, Tunisia was in 122th position among Estonia's trading partners.
In 2018 Estonia’s primary export articles were metal products (41%) and timber and wood products (32%).
In 2018 imports mainly consisted of machinery and equipment (99%).
All economic data from Statistics Estonia.
According to the Bank of Estonia (31 December 2018) Estonian companies had investments in Tunisia in the real estate sector. The volume of investments has not been published.
Tunisian investments in Estonia are 41 000 euros, invested into different sectors.
In 2012 the Estonian Foreign Ministry in co-operation with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the development of open governance and e-governance in Tunisia. Within the framework of the project, the e-Governance Academy organised a training course in Estonia for high Tunisian state officials and partners of the state, during which they became acquainted with Estonia’s experiences with modernising governance with the help of new technologies.
In October 2013 a development cooperation project financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was launched to support the Tunisian government’s efforts to develop an e-voting system. This project lasted until March 2015 and is a follow-up project to one that was implemented in 2012, the objectives fo which were: developing the legal, financial, and organizational management of Tunisia’s e-governance; coordinate the administration of individual identities; implement a digital documentation pilot project; and, if necessary, provide consultation regarding the preparations for proper procurement.
Estonians in Tunisia
From 1911-1912 the Estonian artist Ants Laikmaa lived in Tunisia and documented the local people and way of life in his works.
In the 1920s messages began appearing about Estonia’s first post-war contacts with Tunisia. However, regular trade was not achieved. In the years 1923 and 1925 the Estonian freight carrier “Ellind” visited the ports of Tunisia, and a review of these trips by sailor J. Adams appeared in the newspaper Päevaleht. In 1925 two young men from Tartu, Evald Märks and Karl Nurk, spent some time in Tunisia. In November of the same year they set off from the city of Gafsa on their 7-month hike through the Sahara Desert.
The global economic depression that arose in 1929 had an obvious impact on Tunisia. However, it was during these years that Estonian products managed to break into the Tunisian market. From 1932-1939 Estonian export to Tunisia reached 205 tons of goods with a total value of about 65 000 kroons. The goods sold in Tunisia were primarily printing paper, meat products, butter, cheese, and canned fish. Estonian imports from Tunisia, primarily exotic foodstuffs, were minimal – slightly over 4 tons valuing 1 600 kroons.
An Estonian consular representation was not established in Tunisia. When necessary, problems were resolved by the Estonian consul in Algiers and the vice consul in Oran.
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