Tunisia: Budget 2014 - NCA Passes Ministries' Budgets Without Debate

Tunis — The National Constituent Assembly (NCA), on Thursday afternoon, passed budgets of various ministries without debate or modifications.

The State budget for 2014 contains 29 chapters representing the budgets of the NCA, the Presidency of the Republic, the Prime Ministry, those of 24 ministries and two chapters dedicated to unexpected and non-allocated expenses and public debt.

The State budget for 2014 provides for an increase in the budgets of the ministries of the Interior (136 million Tunisian dinars /MTD/, Defence (305 MTD) and the Prime Ministry (11 MTD).

For the next year, the volume of the budgets of the Presidency of the Republic and the Presidency of the National Constituent Assembly will increase by 1 million dinars.

The budget of the Presidency of the Republic for 2014 is estimated at 83 million 142 thousand dinars, against 79 million 488 thousand in 2013. That of the Prime Minister went up from 138 million 401 thousand dinars in 2013 to 149 million 142 thousand dinars in 2014.

The budget allocated to the Ministry of the Interior will also increase to 2,279 MTD from 2,143 MTD in 2013, while the Ministry of National Defence will manage a budget of 1,538 MTD, compared with 1,233 MTD in 2013.

For the NCA, the 2014 budget is set at 26 million 14 thousand dinars, compared with 25 million 488 thousand dinars in 2013.

According to the budget document, the Ministry of Education will manage a budget, considered the largest in terms of volume, i.e. 3,658 million dinars against 3,507 MTD in 2013, then comes the Ministry of Industry with a budget estimated at 3,000 million dinars.

However, the budget allocated to the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice was reduced by 746 thousand dinars to 5,917 million dinars in 2014 from 6,663 MTD in 2013.

Moreover, the budget of the Ministry of State Property and Land Affairs declined by about 1.7 million dinars and that of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training was reduced by nearly 180 million dinars to 670 million dinars in 2014 from 850 million dinars in 2013.

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