Nsibi: The agreement with UGTT also includes the restructuring of public companies
Government spokesperson and Minister for Employment and Vocational Training, Nasreddin Nsibi believed that the agreement reached with the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) was historic due to the complexity of the situation. He emphasized the deterioration of the country’s economic situation over the past few years and the consequences of the conflict Russian-Ukrainian and the spread of the coronavirus. The government spokesman mentioned the price increases and the envelope dedicated to compensation.
Invited on September 16, 2022 by Wassim Ben Larbi on Express FM radio, Nasreddin Nsibi argued that entering into an agreement withUGTT and at the same time ensure progress in the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the implementation of the reform program was a real challenge. ” We we must carry out reforms without citizens or marginalized categories paying the price… Reforms must not lead to a reduction in the budgets for education, health and infrastructure… The negotiations withUGTT have not only focused on the rates of wage increases. The exchanges included the reform program… We must improve the purchasing power of Tunisians and at the same time guarantee investments… The agreement withUGTT helping to prepare the agreement with the IMF and the implementation of the reform program… The agreement with the IMF is the only solution to the development of economic growth “, he added.
Nasreddin Nsibi referred to the difficulties encountered during the negotiations withUGTT. According to him, the demands from the central trade union are completely legitimate. On the other hand, the government, although extremely understanding, had to set several limits to ensure that the balance of the public finances was maintained. ” There were several errors and this had led to meetings between the head of government and the secretary general ofUGTT. There was also a meeting between the President of the Republic and the General Secretary of the RepublicUGTT… The agreement between the government andUGTT concerns the suspension of negotiations for a period of three years… The minutes from the same agreement deal with cooperation and coordination in the implementation of the reform program… There will be no sale of public companies, but restructuring with a view to achieving and improving the companies’ profitability services », he said.
The government spokesman recalled that the reform program concerned the abolition of all permits with the exception of sectors affecting national security. He believed that the principle to be adopted was the freedom to undertake and create projects. This measure will be accompanied by digitization of administrative services and implementation of the digital identity system. Nsibi insisted on the adoption of a new approach aimed at encouraging investors because of the good investment climate and the development of infrastructures and not because of tax benefits or low labor costs. According to him, the reform program makes it possible to create prosperity and carry out a reform of the tax system. ” We want to switch to a digital system. Tax reforms include the connected cash register, tax law, a review of the personal income tax scale… I would like to point out that the government has no intention of canceling the compensation “, He continued.
” I would like to point out that the government has no intention of canceling the compensation… We want to direct compensation to Tunisians who really need it… It’s not just two million Tunisians… We are assessing the possibility of allowing almost ten million Tunisians to benefit from it. The list will be updated over time… According to our calculations, sixteen million are currently benefiting from the compensations. This figure is the result of smuggling and the unhealthy exploitation of the compensation system… We will continue step by step with the rescheduling of the displacements… We will create a platform dedicated to this issue “, he explained.
Regarding the negotiations with the IMF, Nasreddin Nsibi stated that a video conference meeting took place between a government delegation and the teams of this organization on 15 September 2022. Tunisia’s dossier will be presented to the IMF’s board in October. He indicated that the government hoped to find an agreement before October in order to meet its obligations.