12 June 2014

Tunisia: Cabinet Meeting Looks At 6 Draft Laws and 68 Draft Decree-Laws

Tunis — The cabinet meeting held, on Wednesday evening, under chairmanship of Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, looked at 6 draft laws, 68 draft decree-laws and a set of appointments to the State's senior civil servants.

Official Spokesman for the government Nidhal Ouerfelli said at the end of the meeting, that the Cabinet also reviewed three reports on the simplification of administrative procedures regulating economic activities, revised measures related to the higher investment commission, the commission of sanitation and restructuring of public undertakings and the situation of employment and vocational training.

Preparations for the summer festivals were also on the agenda of the meeting.

The sixth draft laws provide for the adoption of two agreements on judicial co-operation between Tunisia and Morocco and another of financial nature.

The draft decree-laws regard the implementation of sectoral agreements in civil service which are under follow-up by the joint higher commission between the government and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

Besides, co-operation agreements and memoranda of understanding covering various fields with financial institutions between Tunisia and other countries were reviewed.

Easing administrative procedures regulating economic activities regard eight ministries, directly concerned with the business climate.

Ouerfelli said in this regard, that the cabinet examined the furtherance of the project of simplification and revision of taxation and customs measures and approved the recommendation related to the integration of this project into that of the administrative measures' simplification.

The related regulatory texts will be published in October, the same source specified.

The Employment and Vocational Training Minister briefed the meeting about the sector's situation in 2014, pointing out that job applications remained steady reaching about 80,000 a year, with a rise expected in the coming years.

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