Tunis — Tunisia's economy has recorded up to now a 3% growth rate, said Minister in charge of the Economic Files Ridha Saidi.
Mr. Saidi said, on Saturday in Tunis at the end of the National Price Control Commission's regular meeting, that the rate could reach 3.5% by the end of the year, in accordance with the government's forecasts.
The Tunisian Customs Services, he carried on saying, recorded during the last quarter (May, June, July) a 14% increase in the seized smuggled goods, compared to a quarter earlier (February, March and April).
The volume of the seized products during May, June and July stood at 43 million Tunisian dinars (MTD), compared to 38 MTD during February, March and April.
According to the Minister in charge of the Economic Files, the government reinforced the overseeing squads on the borders with Libya and Algeria to fight against smuggling of contraband oil products, a large quantity of which has recently been seized.