Tunisia is getting closer and closer to the point of no return

Member of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Institute of Business Leaders (IACE), Nafaa Ennaifer argued that the worsening economic situation was the result of poor governance, “red lines” and cumulative inaction. This led to a major crisis and the need to deal with multiple problems quickly and simultaneously. He believed that Tunisia was getting closer and closer to the point of no return.

Guest on November 21, 2022 in the show “Problem impossible” coughed up Boren Bsaies and broadcast on the radio MFI, Nafaa Ennaifer believed that the improvement of the country’s situation and the solution of economic problems required the adoption of an inclusive approach based on exchange and cooperation. He stressed the importance of adopting an economic philosophy and vision.

Nafaa Ennaifer recalled that the head of government, Najla Bouden gave a speech on the occasion of it 35 edition of Business Days that took place in the month of December 2021. He believed that this speech contained a correct analysis. However, several decisions that can easily be made have not been considered. He believed that the reform program contained measures that had no impact on the country’s economic situation.

The member of the executive board iIACE referred to the government’s proposal to establish a mediator between investors and administrative structures. He explained that this showed a lack of knowledge of the government in the Tunisian administration. Nafaa Ennaifer recalled the existence of a General Director of Investments at the level of the Presidency of the Government and General Instance of Investment. The latter is responsible for playing the role of intermediary. Sir. Ennaifer believed that the government should focus on procedural and legal complications rather than creating a new mediation function.

Nafaa Ennaifer hereinafter referred to executive order no. 2005-1991 of 11 July 2005 on the environmental impact assessment and determination of the categories of units covered by the environmental impact assessment and the categories of units covered by the specifications. He explained that this law was related to the operation and role of the National Environmental Protection Agency. (ANPE). He explained that ANPE had not taken into account the regulation of the situation of already existing companies. He said negotiations to add a section allowing this had been ongoing since 2016. He explained that businesses had to close shop because of this measure.

Nafaa Ennaifer believed that the state supported investment only in theory and that encouraging investors should be part of the responsibility of all members of the government and not the Ministry of Investment. He then referred to the migration of qualifications from the Tunisian administration, as well as the officials’ fear of the possibility of being imprisoned. Sir. Ennaifer concluded that this caused them to use the lawyer firmly instead of finding a solution.

Referring to the example of the block at the level of renewable energy, Nafaa Ennaifer claimed that officials and employees of Roast opposed it and hindered the development of this sector. According to him, the issue of the situation of the National Tobacco and Matches Board is linked to the exploitation of this establishment by certain people and to thefts and unjustified advantages, which have a greater impact on the company’s financial situation.

Within the framework of the 2023 Finance Act, the Minister of Finance has abolished the VAT scheme for international trading companies. We know this will lead to the destruction of these companies. She said a monthly and on-demand reimbursement system will be introduced. However, this has not happened in the past seven or eight months. Some businesses have closed shop. Their disappearance caused the disappearance of their industrial suppliers established in Tunisia… The Minister of Finance does not have the means to pay the suppliers and puts them in difficulty or to repay the VAT or to pay the investment bonuses mentioned in the Investment Incentives Act. Vendors include these bonuses in their investment plans… Is there coherence in the approach and a common vision for all ministries? Is there buy-in for this approach at the administration level? Will the investment broker solve the problem of building permits? A French international group found itself unable to obtain permits relating to the safety dossier. He acquired land in the industrial area of ​​Sousse… It took one year and two months to get the building permit. Meanwhile, the cost of the project has evolved from 15%. The parent company had decided to end the project. There are thousands of similar cases “, he lamented.

Nafaa Ennaifer returned to the marginalization of Tunisian companies due to stricter conditions than those imposed on foreigners. He mentioned the example of the obligation that the situation of the Tunisian company is legal towards social funds in certain cases. However, these companies have not been remunerated and paid by the public and therefore do not have the means to allow this. The state has caused this stalemate.


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