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Debate on Interim Government's economic and social agenda

Published the:  08/04/2011

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April 8, 2011 - TAP - "The third post-Revolution Government found the country in a difficult economic situation: a growth rate close to 0%, between 500,000 and 600,000 jobless, including 140,000 among the higher-education graduates, and a dangerous security and media drift," said Interim Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi.
During a debate organized, on Friday morning, at the Arab Heads of Enterprise Institute, on the Interim Government's short-term economic and social program, Mr. Caïd Essebsi underlined that, in the face of such a juncture, the Caretaker Government focused on examining the critical files and devising emergency strategies based on a new socio-economic approach to energize activity of the national economy and open up the underprivileged inland regions to the outside world.
For two weeks, he went on saying, Government grappled with the issue of working out a project revolving around four axes: employment, regional development, vitalization of the economy and granting social aid through an exclusively Tunisian financing or a voluntary one by national enterprises.
Mr. Caïd Essebsi explained that this project aims to deal with the phenomenon of unemployment through the creation of 60,000 jobs, specifying that the private sector, for its part, will contribute to the creation of 20,000 jobs.
"The achievement of this objective depends on ensuring good functioning of national firms and of those foreign enterprises implanted in Tunisia," he said.
The Government, he added, received offers of foreign assistance for carrying out this project, but it turned these proposals, deeply convinced that Tunisia is able to sort out its problems on its own and that any foreign aid should be part of future projects.
The Interim Government, he said, is also aware of the hardships confronting Tunisian firms and the foreign investors' wish to leave the country.
This situation, he explained, dictates that greater efforts be exerted to restore total security and stability in the country.
The Interim Government, he specified, is firmly committed to fully discharge its duty to restore security, adding that this task is not solely the Government's responsibility, but it is of concern to all Tunisians.
Commenting on the social movements targeting the Interim Government, Mr. Caïd Essebsi said that the Government is well aware that there are some parties behind these schemes, calling, in this connection, on the silent majority to act to strengthen the attributes of stability.
Interim PM voiced hope to see these efforts find necessary support among all people, in particular "credible" media.
Mr. Caïd Essebsi concluded saying "we only wish Tunisia well and we hope to leave the country to our successors, after the next July 24 election, in better state".