19 February 2013

Tunisia: Prime Minister Receives UTICA President

Carthage — President of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui pointed to the fears of business managers in view of the ongoing political crisis.

She said at the end of her meeting on Tuesday with Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali that the "lack of a clear vision, political instability and insecurity worsen the economic situation."

The worries of investors further increased in view of the current situation, stressing that "several foreign firms consider leaving the country," Mrs. Bouchamaoui was quoted as saying in a UTICA press release.

Given this situation, "UTICA urges the different political parties and legitimate institutions, especially the National Constituent Assembly, to shoulder their responsibility, seek a way out of the crisis as soon as possible and take more interest in vital economic issues so as to help businesses operate normally," Bouchamaoui added.

UTICA President also stressed the need to finish off drafting the new constitution in the shortest possible time and set a date for the next elections which, she said, will help clarify the vision for all stakeholders on the national scene.

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