TBCC’s Elective General Assembly was held on Thursday 31 March 2016 at the Concorde Hotel and was chaired by Mr. Hassine Doghri, President of the TBCC, and with the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Hamish Cowell.
After having approved the activities and the financial reports and taken note of the audit report, the general meeting proceeded to the election of the new members of the board.
In accordance with the rules of procedure of the Chamber, the new Board of Directors was elected as follows:
- President: Mehdi Ben Abdallah – (Shell)
- 1st Vice-President: Noureddine Hajji – (AMC Ernst & Young)
- 2nd Vice-President: Abdessalem Loued – (Huilerie Loued)
- Secretary General: Ali Hjaiej – (Clarke Energy)
- Deputy Secretary General: Fetah Krichen – (North Africa Security)
- Treasurer: Namia Ayadi – (Ettijari Bank)
- Deputy Treasurer: Samira Zouari – (Anadarko)
- Member & Honorary President: Hassine Doghri – (CARTE)
- Member: Khaled Ben Jemaa – (SAM)
- Member: Maya Boureghda – (Jurismed)
- Member: Mohamed Chaabouni – (Vivo Energy)
- Member: Sami Chahed – (REGUS)
- Member: Mohamed Ali Aboudi – (MAAP)
And in the ethics committee: Ahmed Ben Ayed (consultant)
On the proposal of Mehdi ben Abdallah, the newly elected President of the TBCC, the Board of Directors unanimously awarded Hassine Doghri, the outgoing President, the title of Honorary President of the Chamber for his valuable and continuous support to the Chamber and for the development of economic relations between Tunisia and Great Britain.
Following his election as President of the Tunisian-British Chamber of Commerce, Mehdi Ben Abdallah briefly outlined the mission and objectives, recalling the importance of the role that the TBCC can and should play to promote trade and investment between Tunisia and the UK, and its ambition with the new Board of Directors to make the TBCC “The Partner of Choice for The Tunisian-British Business Leaders” Ambassador Hamish Cowell also took the floor to congratulate Mehdi Ben Abdallah and the new Board of Director, but also to thank Hassine Doghri for his important role in the past few years as Chairman of the Chamber.
Ambassador Cowell reiterated his support for the Tunisian British Chamber of Commerce and his commitment to work closely with the President of the Chamber and members to promote business relations between Tunisia and the United Kingdom. He also confirmed the appointment of a permanent Trade Envoy for Trade with Tunisia.
After having presented a draft of 2016-2017 action plan the new President highlighted the importance of teamwork to meet the challenges ahead and the need to involve not only all members of the Board of Directors , but also all members of the Chamber who wish to contribute in the various activities. Therefore, he proposed setting up new sectoral and sub-committees including a wide range of chamber’s members with defined responsibilities.
The new Board of Directors met in the next few days to develop the 2016-2017 action plan.