Indian clothing companies looking to cash in on the lucrative European market are being invited to form strategic partnerships and joint ventures with Tunisian apparel firms.

The offer came from the Tunisian Ambassador to India, Eyles Kasri, who said his country currently exports garments worth more than $4 billion to the EU every year, making it the continent's fourth largest supplier of apparel.

Speaking during an international garment fair, Kasri told the Press Trust of India: "We are keen to enter into joint ventures and strategic partnerships with Indian apparel companies. We feel India can greatly benefit from Tunisia's Free Trade Agreement with EU.

"There is tremendous potential for Indian companies as the 360 million consumer base in EU will increase to over 550 million with the accession of more countries to the EU," he added.