Tunis/Tunisia — The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) reiterated call to the government to devise an emergency assistance plan for enterprises affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The goal is to save the economic fabric and preserve thousands of jobs, according to an UTICA press release Sunday.
The general lockdown imposed from May 9 to 16 will negatively impact several activities and will weigh place heavy burden heavily on business leaders, craftspeople and merchants who have been already suffering financial difficulties since the outbreak of the pandemic, UTICA said.
The latter called in this regard, for allowing merchants to continue working, especially as the Eid period is the high season for numerous activities.
The UTICA expresses support to the demands of the professionals whose activities have been affected by the crisis and are anxious to work and preserve their income, while complying with the health protocol.
Representatives of several activities, notably merchants, craftspeople and taxi drivers had protested on Sunday across the county calling the government to reconsider its general lockdown decision.