A general view of the opening ceremony of the "Tunisia 2020" international investment conference on Nov. 29, 2016 in Tunis. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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Tunisia won pledges of more than a billion dollars in financial support at an investment conference Tuesday aimed at reviving the country's struggling economy.Nearly six years after its Arab Spring revolution, Tunisia hopes the meeting will help it tackle challenges including high unemployment, low growth and a tourism sector hammered by jihadist attacks.Kuwait said it would lend Tunisia $500 million (470 million euros) over the next five years, while Canada and Algeria also pledged financial support.That is on top of an aid package France announced last year to pump a billion euros ($1.06 billion) into Tunisia's economy by 2020 .In January, Tunisia faced its biggest social unrest since the revolution.Incoming U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres told Tuesday's conference that Tunisia had not yet received enough economic support.
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