The National Program for the Reforms of Najla Boden’s Government

This morning, 7 June 2022, the Presidency of the Government held a press conference in the City of Culture to review the outlines of the national reform program, which aims to work on improving governance and performance, activating the pillars to from the economic crisis and the achievement of overall balances while strengthening the ingredients for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.

The seminar was overseen by the Ministers of Finance, Economy, Planning, Social Affairs, Industry, Mines, Energy, Trade, Export Development, Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, in addition to the Ministers of Education, Higher Education, Scientific Research, Communications Technologies, Employment , vocational training and health.

Economy Minister Samir Said said in his speech that Tunisia is being hampered today by procedures and laws that it is time to amend it to improve state revenue “a qualitative shift is needed”. The reform program, according to the Minister of Economy, aims to restore confidence and stimulate investment and social development to create an economy capable of withstanding shocks.

He revealed that the government has so far removed nearly 25 licenses, and launched the digital market access guide, with an inventory of a number of reference commands and their placement on digital platforms.

“We have removed 25 licenses in terms of Presidential Resolution No. 317 of 2022, 39 reform measures related to improving competitiveness in promising sectors were monitored, and the digital guide was launched to guide the investor and the digital market access platform, which maintains a database of more than 200 stock books. ” ‘.

He stressed that Tunisia, with its rich talents, is capable of designing a new and modern business climate that enables Tunisia to join the ranks of the most important domestic and foreign investments.

Finance Minister Siham Namsieh said in her speech that the reforms revolve around the reform of the fiscal and fiscal system and everything related to digitalisation.

Regarding the reform of the tax system, Nomsieh said the axes are related to improving the state’s ability to improve tax revenues and support the budget without taxing economic actors, explaining that it will be within the framework to expand the base of performance, to confront tax evasion and the integration of the parallel economy.

She added that capital incomes will be commensurate with labor incomes by reviewing the collection of capital incomes, and reviewing the digitization of the collection administration and the facilitation of services for those who are required to perform.

In the context of the establishment of a fair and transparent tax system, the Minister of Finance confirmed that corporate tax rates will be standardized, meaning that 35 percent will be maintained, explaining that the trend is based on the establishment of a single rate for corporate tax.

She added that the income tax schedule for natural persons will be revised, in the direction of establishing a more equitable distribution of the tax burden on the different segments of natural persons. In the context of the review of the value-added performance ratios, the value-added performance ratios will be reduced and privileges will be activated in this regard, the recovery of surplus-value-added performance will be improved, and a unified tax system will be introduced for the sustainable economy and green economy by reviewing some of the fees required for polluting activities and establishing a well-known The only information on carbon.

Siham Namsieh stated that the 2022 Finance Act was a starting point for all reforms, and she continued: “We have aimed to rationalize fiscal privileges and have taken many measures in the context of encouraging digitization and in the context of reducing fiscal expenditure and expanding the base of performance. ”

On the pivot related to strengthening the financial foundations of the financial and banking sector, Namsieh revealed that the problem of classified debt will be addressed, the climate for debt collection for banks will be improved, courts specializing in commercial and financial disputes will be, will be created. and judges will be formed in this area.

She stressed that reforms will be pursued to meet international standards, and made it clear that this will be done with regard to the financial market through a review of the law relating to the reorganization of the financial market in the direction of modernization. the legislative framework and the strengthening of the functions of the Capital Markets Supervisory Authority.

Namsieh added that small and medium enterprises will also be supported to access finance, and the supply of financial services to economic actors will be supported and improved, by supporting access and use of financial products and services, support for consumer protection of financial services, financial services. education and microfinance regulators will be supported.

The Minister of Finance announced that a national council for payments and support for strategic management will be created to support financial inclusion through the creation of the National Council for Financial Inclusion. As part of the development of electronic payment systems, the legislative and regulatory framework will be developed to further modernize electronic payment systems, manage payment systems, improve the digitization of government payments, formulate an integrated and integrated system to digitize multiple payments, the diversify services. of electronic payment methods, and puts pressure on the commissions owed on electronic payment operations.

With regard to public institutions, the Minister of Finance stated that the axes relate to the crystallization of a strategic vision for the role of the state in public institutions, and the list of public institutions active in strategic sectors will be controlled from the outset of audits of institutions. by employing audit firms for this purpose and preparing debt settlement programs between the state and public institutions.

It also announced that a program related to the restructuring and improvement of governance will be prepared by reviewing the legal and regulatory framework by structuring contributions related to public institutions as well as performance contracts through the activities of public institutions link to performance contracts for institutions and the emphasis on transparency and accountability.

“Efforts will be made to review wages within the limits allowed by public finances and the sustainability of public debt.” Announced that the statute of the civil service will be reviewed and programs to control human resources and human resource management will be developed. by supporting job mobility by approving remote work And drawing up programs for the discretionary availability of work, reviewing performance appraisal mechanisms and extending vacations to establish an institution and develop the human resources information system.

In turn, the Minister of Trade stated that fair competition will be established and developed, which is important to encourage the investment climate, and the legislative framework for institutions will be developed and a supervisory scheme will be implemented, in addition to the digitization of all distribution channels and ensure their transparency.

She added that a decree would be issued regarding agriculture and fishing that takes into account the specificity of this sector and ensures the retention of purchasing power and a decree that reflects the applicability of legislation for countries that are friendly to Tunisia, and more. a decree in the field of the distribution of subsidized materials and stricter control over speculation in feed.

She revealed that the subsidy system in Tunisia would be adjusted to reach a cost of 4 200 million dinars, i.e. 3 point 3 of the gross domestic product, to counter the manipulation of subsidized materials and combat smuggling.

“Establishing a fair system of support and reducing the manipulation of subsidized materials and combating poverty through a system.”

Industry Minister Naila Nouira El-Kenji stressed that through the reform program, the government is gradually moving towards the reality of fuel prices, and the liberalization of the supply of petroleum products by the private sector as the reality of prices is achieved while maintaining the role. of the Tunisian Company for the Refining Industry in the security of supplies and the development of storage capacities, while working on the rationalization of consumption Petroleum materials.

The Minister also indicated the trend towards a gradual review of the prices of liquefied gas bottles intended for domestic consumption, from 2023, to achieve the reality of prices in 2026, with the adoption of support measures by the financial transfer program that will develop be within the framework of the reform of the basic material subsidy system. The minister said the reform program was also on track for a gradual adjustment of electricity and gas prices, taking into account the vulnerable groups and the preparation of accompanying measures, in particular the energy transition program. The Minister also indicated that work will be done to develop and support renewable energy programs, whether for local consumption or export and the use of electric motors.

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