14 December 2012

Tunisia: Union Willing to Submit Programme for Economy Relaunch

Carthage — Energising investment mechanisms and economy relaunch were the focus of the working session held, on Friday, between President Moncef Marzouki and Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA) administrative council members.

The latter called for setting a clear political agenda to reassure national and foreign investors and encourage them to further invest in the country.

They pointed to the hardships impeding the investment development in the country, particularly in the interior regions, notably the slow administrative procedures, bureaucracy and centralised decision-making process.

They propose, in this regard, to speed up achievement of the large-scale projects planned in the infrastructure field, to link these regions to product-marketing outlets.

UTICA representatives also expressed concerns about spreading of informal economy since the January 14 Revolution, which not only affects the fair competition rules but also reduces the State's resources.

Besides, UTICA chairwoman Wided Bouchamaoui reminded of the need to encourage businessmen to invest in the interior and marginalised regions, to contribute to job creation and reduce regional disparities.

She asserted the Union's will to present a clear economic programme which provides some solutions to the development and employment problems, provided that an environment favourable to investment is guaranteed, in which social peace and stability prevail, away from political infighting.

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