22 April 2014

Tunisia: Government Opted for Long-Term Economic Reforms - PM

Tunis, — Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said he and his team chose to launch long-term economic reforms.

This is the hard way in spite of the short tenure of the cabinet, he added at the opening of the preparatory meeting for the National Conference on Economy set for next May 28.

The reforms are likely to open up horizons for the country at the economic and social levels, Jomaa highlighted.

He also underlined the importance of dialogue in securing effective reforms and government action.

"Regardless of the qualifications of its members, a government cannot do a lot without dialogue," he stressed.

Transparency and dialogue are the watchwords for his consensual cabinet, the interim PM pointed up.

Jomaa also called for his team to be kept way from political wrangling and urged different political parties to help him as well as the government members further focus on economic difficulties.

The latter are "structural rather than short-term hardships," he underscored.

Speaking about the importance of tourism revenues for the Tunisian economy, the interim Prime Minister emphasised the need to ensure the success of the Jewish pilgrimage at the synagogue of Ghriba (Djerba).

Rebooting economy and providing a propitious environment for the holding of elections by late 2014 are the top priorities of the government, Jomaa added.

The preparatory meeting was attended by the government members, the representatives of the three national organisations and political parties represented at the National Constituent Assembly.

The meeting was set the task of forming working groups which are expected to include the minister in charge, a representative of each organisation and party in addition to some experts.

Key structural reforms will be discussed, particularly the rationalisation of compensation, competitiveness, productivity, purchasing power, smuggling, payment balance, investment charter, etc.


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