A two day International Forum themed “From Carthage to Beijing via the Silk Road” was inaugurated Thursday at the University of Carthage in Tunis.

Being the first of its kind in the history of the China-Tunisia ties, this forum attracted a number of academics and researchers from both countries.

The event was attended by representatives from the Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organisation and the Tunis office of the Arab League, as well as Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Wang Wenbin.

“Beijing, the Chinese capital, is strong for its thousand years of history and its silk route,” said Olfa Ben Ouda, Director of the University of Carthage.

Imed Zaiem, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management of Nabeul at the university, said that the academic and scientific cooperation between Tunisia and China should be developed via such events, given their direct impact on the two economies and peoples.

Zaiem added that “this type of conference will allow us to narrow the distance between the two peoples.”

“Though there is a long distance between China and Tunisia, in these years, we have noted that the two peoples know each other in a more profound and mutual way,” Wang said.

“This kind of growing cooperation shows our increased interest in strengthening our current and future bilateral ties in various fields,” said the Chinese Diplomat.