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Chahed reaffirms government's commitment to solve socio-economic problems and counter corruption

Published the:  17/04/2017

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(TAP) - The President of the Government Youssef Chahed reaffirmed the National Unity Government\\\\\\'s commitment to solve the economic and social problems in the country through the development of programmes for each region.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday night simultaneously on the "Al Watanyia 1" and "Al Hiwar Attounsi" TV channels and on the "Mosaique FM" waves, he said that the government is determined to counter corruption "which has infiltrated all the institutions of the State," stressing his government\\\\\\'s keenness to eradicate this phenomenon through the implementation of several laws and mechanisms.

In response to a question about the latest protests in some areas, Chahed said that protest movements in democratic countries are common so long as they do not affect national security and the economy, pointing out that "everyone has the right to oppose the government, but not act against the State."

The PG also mentioned the positive indicators recorded since the beginning of the year, like those of the tourism sector. According to him, the number of tourists is expected to reach 6.5 million by the end of 2017, an increase of 30% compared to the last years.

He also cited the recovery of average phosphate production, the 14% increase in tax revenues and the improvement of agricultural activity and export volume, projecting a growth rate of 2.5 per cent.

"These positive indicators, which will help achieve a real economic recovery," are the fruit of reforms launched by the current government, notably in the civil service and social funds, upgrading of public banks and economic reforms such as the promulgation of a new investment code that will help improve the investment climate and attract investors, he underlined, recalling that the economic emergency law aims to facilitate administrative measures impeding the implementation of public projects.

Chahed called for stepping up efforts to improve growth, create new jobs and promote development.