12 February 2013

Tunisia: Utica Supports Decision to Form Government of National Experts

Tunis — "The decision of caretaker Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to form a government of national skills will certainly help Tunisia recover from the present crisis," estimates the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA).

In a note sent Monday to the interim PM, the employers' organisation had warned against the negative repercussions of the political vacuum and violence on the economic and general situation of Tunisia as well as on the country's image abroad.

UTICA, which has been consulted by Hamadi Jebali, on the formation of a government of national experts, had also stressed in its note, "the legitimacy of the Tunisian elected institutions."

In a statement published, Tuesday, UTICA underlined the need to establish an action plan concerning the next political events, emphasising the stake to complete, in the shortest terms, the drafting of the new constitution.

UTICA calls to fix the date and organise the next elections, as soon as possible, which will help clarify the vision for all the political and economic actors."

It proposes to organise a national debate on "the economic situation," with the participation of all the political, economic and social parties as well as the components of the civil society.

The aim being to elaborate an urgent working programme aimed to safeguard the national economy.

The Employers' organisation calls to strive to regain the trust of the Tunisian investors abroad and think on the possibility to organise an enlarged media campaign aimed to support Tunisia's image abroad as a tourist and investment destination.

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