Tunisia: Debate On Supplementary Finance Law Starts

Bardo — Debate on the draft supplementary finance law for 2013 started on Saturday, at the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) with attendance of the Finance, Interior and National Defence Ministers as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT).

The bill revises up the 2013 budget deficit from an initial 5.9% to 6.8% of the gross domestic product, that is an additional deficit of 608 MTD.

The complementary finance law sets out further provisions notably related to the regularisation of the situation of general amnesty beneficiaries with respect to social security funds, strengthening equity bases of banks and compensating home security, Army and customs officers victim of terrorism.

The relevant report of the Planning and Financing Committee is on the agenda of the plenary session, in addition to the address of the Finance Minister, the general debate and the article by article examination.

Works of the plenary session, which was attended by 125 deputies at its opening, will extend over the week-end in an attempt to make up for the delay in examining this bill, the draft State budget and the finance law for 2014.

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