Noureddine Mejdoub, Tunisia’s ambassador to the U.S., will be the keynote speaker at the first open meeting of the North African Business Council. The meeting is to be held at the World Trade Center on Wednesday, May 26, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Atlanta attorney Bachir Mihoubi and Gordon Harnesberger, president of the locally-based World Marketing Group, are in the process of forming the council in the wake of a new U.S. government initiative to improve trade relations with the region known as the Mahgreb, which includes Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Under the initiative, U.S. officials are to increase the number of high-level meetings with representatives of the Mahgreb countries to establish a policy framework to attract greater investment.  The governments of the Mahgreb countries also are to implement structural reforms to lay the groundwork for the new investment.

The council is to organize lectures of interest to the members, provide information concerning possible business partners and organize trade missions.

Dr. Mejdoub was appointed ambassador to the U.S. in October 1997.  Previously, he was Tunis’ ambassador to Japan.  He also has been ambassador to Austria, Czech Republic and Italy.

Representatives of Atlanta companies interested in the Mahgreb are encouraged to call Mr. Mihoubi for more information about the ambassador’s visit here.

The cost of attending the meeting is $10.  Mr. Mihoubi may be reached by calling (770) 353-3068 or call Joanne Martin of the World Trade Center at (404) 880-1556.