Officials hope the conference will be a step toward enabling sustained growth.
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Gulf Arab states, France and international institutions stepped in with billions of dollars in aid for Tunisia, as the birthplace of the Arab Spring tapped investors to revive a stalling economy yet to recover from major terrorist attacks.Help came from other quarters, as well, with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announcing that the French development agency would channel 250 million euros annually for five years into Tunisia.The funding is critical for Tunisia, a country of 11 million people whose economy has barely rallied six years after the uprising that ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and touched off similar revolts elsewhere in the Arab world. The government has said it hopes donors at the conference would pledge 17.7 billion euros through 2020 for projects that would create more than 400,000 new jobs, primarily through the private sector.
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