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Tunisia’s way out of economic crisis requires sacrifices, says Chahed

Published the:  17/04/2018

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(TAP) – Tunisia’s way out of the economic crisis requires sacrifices, share of charges, work and responsibility, as well as prevailing the general interest, Premier Youssef Chahed pointed out on Tuesday.

“The country’s progress requires nowadays patriotism and dedication of everyone including officials, politicians, civil society militants and the citizens,” he said at the opening works of an information day on “Integrated development programme” held on Tuesday in Carthage.

“The regional development, one of the main demands of the Revolution, is leading the major challenges facing the country. It is also a guarantee of the success of the second republic, of stability, national unity and social peace,” he indicated.

“We do not have other choices other than further investing in regional development programmes based on the principle of positive discrimination in spite of the financial difficulties the country is going through,” he said, adding that regional development is among the main focuses of the five-year plan (2016/2020).

Chahed further highlighted the government’s keenness to support positive discrimination as a constitutional principle all while ensuring that this commitment will not generate negative discrimination against other regions.

“The goal is to develop inland regions and to maintain the pace of investments within these regions which are economic growth factors in the country,” he pointed out.

The PM also stressed that “the integrated development plan, which is also a decentralisation model, is based on a participatory approach that involves all stakeholders including local and regional authorities, members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) and representatives of national organisations and different components of the civil society.”

Contract-programmes between the State and the regions, inked as part of this programme, represent an innovative mechanism that helps divide the roles between the midland and the regions and are “a challenge to prove the regions’ capacities to manage local development,” he added