7 March 2014

Tunisia: Government Relies On Business Leaders to Boost Economy - Jomaa

Tunis — Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa underlined that his government relies heavily on the involvement of business owners in national effort to boost the economy, and on the Tunisians to assume their responsibilities to end the country's crisis.

At the opening of a debate on boosting national economy, "Private Investment Locomotive of Economic Growth" organised Friday, at the initiative of the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA) Jomaa underlined that the country's economic situation is "difficult", a statement of the Employers' Organisation published Friday, reads.

He added that his government strives to take urgent measures to vitalise investment, materialise pending projects, revise the laws and find solution to the issue of businessmen banned from travel, as part of law and "away from any populism", the same source specifies.

Jomaa added, during the meeting, held with attendance of the government members, UTICA board of directors, UTICA president Wided Bouchamaoui and several businessmen and investors, that the security situation is a priority file of the government, underlining, however, the improvement of the security situation in the country.

Interim PM emphasised the importance of establishing a dialogue so as to identify the adequate solutions, as regards notably the social situation, the materialisation of the social pact and respect of law.

He highlighted the need to upgrade work, incite to take initiative and reform the Tunisian administration to meet the changes.

The investment climate and means of its boosting, the importance of the digital economy, innovation, reform of the agricultural sector and food industries as well as development of human skills were discussed during the gathering.

UTICA recommended, according to the statement, to resolve the problems that hinder the achievement of public projects in the regions, appease the social climate, fight against smuggling and parallel trade, in addition to speeding up the creation of tripartite national commission to strengthen production as a factor for improving competitiveness of the company.

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