Schmidt visits Tunisia

Google chief looks to forge ties with new Tunisian government

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Schmidt visits Tunisia Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman is visiting Tunisia in the hope of forging a relationship with the new government. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 24, 2012

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt has visited Tunisia in an effort to forge relationships with the new governments in the North Africa region following the Arab Spring.

Schmidt made an official visit to Tunisia on 23rd January and met with President Moncef Marzouki and Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.

Schmidt also met with various representatives of the Constituent Assembly and civil society involved with Tunisia's "Open Government" campaign, in an effort to assess the possibilities for Google's future role in the region.

"It's exciting to visit Tunisia at this historic time. Today, I met with the newly elected leaders and members of civil society from the local community. We discussed how the internet and open access to information create a transparent political environment and bolster civic engagement. We also talked about how the internet helps small and medium businesses innovate and become part of the global economy," Schmidt said in a statement.

Today, Schmidt will visit the Technopark in Ghazala with the Tunisian Minister of Commutations Technology, Mongi Marzoug, according to Tunisialive.net. The park is the headquarters of various Tunisian IT companies.

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