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Caretaker Prime Minister holds working session with UTICA Executive Board members

Published the:  09/03/2011

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March 9, 2011 TAP - Prime Minister in the Interim Government Béji Caïd Essebsi held, on Wednesday March 9, 2011 in Tunis, a working session with Executive Board members of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) led by Mr. Hamadi Ben Sedrine, President of the employers' organization, in the presence of Minister of Social Affairs Mohamed Ennaceur and chairmen of the UTICA national sectoral federations.
During the meeting, Mr. Caïd Essebsi stressed the key role of the Union which, he said, is an "efficient and essential partner in boosting the process of revival of the national economy in the current period."
He said that the current stage requires combined efforts of all sides to create more jobs and boost investment, particularly in inland regions.
The Interim Government will endeavour, he added, to guarantee a propitious climate to help businessmen play their role under best conditions, calling, in this context, on the private sector to redouble efforts, particularly in matters of investment and job creation.
Mr. Caïd Essebsi also called on UTICA to step up its contribution to the revival of the country after the Revolution, similarly to other components of the civil society.
The UTICA executive board members expressed their support for the Interim Government and their readiness to assume their mission to save the national economy in this delicate situation.
Tunisian businesses, they said, are facing today many difficulties resulting from events that occurred in the country in the recent period."
They reiterated their call for the need to speed up the indemnification of damaged businesses and help them resume normal pace of their activities as soon as possible.
The UTICA executive board members emphasized the importance of enhancing the climate of stability to reassure investors settled in Tunisia and attract more foreign investors.
They also called to seek to ensure balance between the various active forces and components of the civil society to prompt the adherence of all parties in the development process.
They, in conclusion, stressed the importance of involving the Union in political committees and in decision-making.