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Identity of killed terrorist disclosed, manhunt on for second element [Upd 1]

The terrorist killed Tuesday in Kasserine was identified as Yahia Argoubi, AKA Abu Talha, the National Defence Ministry Wednesday said in a press release.

Born on November 15, 1995, the terrorist is member of the Jendouba brigade. He specialised in explosive manufacturing, the Ministry indicated.

A Kalashnikov-type assault rifle, a magazine and fifty-six cartridges calibre 7.62mm, an anti-personnel mine which was destroyed on the spot and equipment for manufacturing explosives were seized.

The man was gunned down while leaving a house in Douar BaAzaza, Mount Tioucha (governorate of Kasserine), after stealing supplies with a fellow terrorist who managed to escape. Manhunt is on for the second element who was injured, the same source said.

Source: TAP News Agency

Nearly 1000 business managers expected at 32nd edition of Enterprise Days

Nearly 1,000 business managers, think tank representatives, experts and business and political figures from 14 countries are expected to attend the 32nd edition of the Enterprise Days that will take place on December 8 and 9 in Sousse under the theme: Businesses and Decentralisation: Dynamism and Opportunities.

Speaking at a press conference held on Wednesday, Executive Adviser to the Arab Institute of Business Managers (IACE) Majdi Hassen said in the context of the review of the draft code of local government several issues were discussed, including the electoral mode, governance … but the issue of the economic impact on entrepreneurs, businesses and the economy was not raised or discussed, hence the initiation of a reflection on decentralisation during the 32nd edition of Business Days.

He recalled that these days will be organized around six panels namely “the economic impact of decentralisation: prerequisites and vision”, “decentralisation and the business environment”, “decentralisation, integrity and relations with policies “,” The impact of decentralisation on the tax burden “,” same development for all regions: the case of metropolitan areas and border regions “and” decentralisation and social dialogue “.

He said that the IACE has prepared a critical reading of the code of local authorities from the economic point of view and simulations of the cost of decentralisation on the Tunisian economy, as well as the impact in terms of regional disparities.

He added that besides the presentation of the studies carried out by the IACE in each panel, the IACE will to publish the test results relating to the degree of digitisation of the Tunisian regions, developed in co-operation with Tunisie Telecom and the 3rd edition of the index of regional attractiveness (ranking of regions).

For his part, president of the IACE, Ahmed Bouzguenda said the theme of the days was chosen given the current situation characterised by “the approach of the first local elections”, set by the ISIE for March 25, 2018 and following the survey organised annually after each edition with participants to assess the quality of debate and stakeholders, logistics and the topics they want to discuss during the next edition.

Works will focus on the economic side of decentralisation, by discussing issues related to the experience of countries that have managed this major transformation (decentralization), the administrative impact and the re-organisation of administrative services at regional level, he said.

“We have always lived in centralisation and the transition to a decentralised system will have a significant impact, the comparison with other countries and the exposure of good practices as well as things to avoid will allow starting thinking”, he argued.

He added that decentralisation is not an end in itself but is a path that takes time and whose implementation is gradual and subject to assessments and readjustments.

Decentralisation is a good opportunity for regional development and the lifting of regional disparities and could be an economic lever for the regions since they will decide their destiny, he pointed out.

“During this edition, we will also discuss the business environment, the management of the business environment by the regions, the local taxation that will allow the development of regional and local projects as well as metropolises whose emergence takes place through decentralisation and that are likely to revive the economy, “said Bouzgenda.

This annual meeting will be attended by politicians both Tunisian and foreign, businessmen and economic experts.

Besides the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Deputy Prime Minister of Libya, Ahmed Miiteg, and former French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will attend a debate on decentralisation that will be organised one day before the event in partnership with France 24.

Source: TAP News Agency

“Measures for free mobility of capital for non-resident economic operators soon” (Chedly Ayari)

“The Central Bank of Tunisia has been conducting since 2016 a review of foreign exchange regulations with a view to easing certain procedures and soothing exchange rate constraint on both resident and non-resident economic operators and to establish a framework favouring the free mobility of capital,” governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT), Chedly Ayari said Wednesday.

Speaking at a workshop on problems of transfer organised by the Tunisian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CTFCI), Ayari pointed to the “the imminent adoption of a series of measures for non-resident economic operators”.

The Governor of the Central Bank said “Tunisia has favoured a gradual process of liberalisation in view of the absence of the preconditions necessary to go into a full liberalisation of financial relations with foreign countries, conditions based on prerequisites in terms of macro-economic fundamentals, a robust and resilient financial system and an adequate level of foreign exchange reserves”.

Speaking to foreign investors present, he stressed that “Tunisia is worth playing as risk. You are not asked to assume the security risk that remains our responsibility, but you must at least assume the business and economic risk.

Ayari has also invited foreign investors to rethink their investment models to focus on high-tech and high-value-added investments and move away from the outsourcing and low-cost investment model that has had its day.

Asked about the convertibility of the dinar, he said that “this convertibility is a long-standing goal in the country’s monetary policy agenda but is slow in coming because the macro-economy is not yet favorable to such a step, with a level of foreign exchange reserves that does not give this security latitude to go in this direction and an economic system that still does not find its breath.

“We must not make convertibility a fundamental and determining element of the economic future of the country, at least for the short term,” he pointed out, adding “that it is a sovereign decision that is not in the powers of the BCT and should be taken only when the general economic context is favorable.

Regarding the parity of the dinar which is a major concern, he stressed that “the openness of the Tunisian economy exposes it more to exogenous shocks which are reflected among others in its currency.

The dinar is subject to the strong monetary volatility of the two currencies to which it is extremely tied (the dollar and the euro) but over which it has no hold”.

On another level, Ayari reported that a foreign exchange amnesty law has been passed to the HPR, which alone can decide the timing of its discussion.

On Tunisia’s lagging behind in new payment technologies, Ayari noted that a committee set up within the BCT is currently working on the integration of new payment methods “, saying that Tunisia will host, on a French proposal, an African summit on the blockchain (data storage and transformation technology), which will be an important opportunity to understand the possibilities of integration of this technology”

Source: TAP News Agency

HPR: Bills to be reviewed as priority, submitted by Prime Ministry, including that of audio-visual communication authority

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) office on Tuesday received a set of bills and loan agreements submitted by the Prime Ministry with a request for review as a priority, including the draft organic law of the audio-visual communication, HPR deputy-speaker in charge of communication, Mohamed Souf, told TAP on Tuesday evening.

He said that the HPR office will hold a meeting on Thursday, November 30, to decide on the transfer of these bills to specialised committees according to their importance, saying that they include two bills of major importance and five loan agreements.

“The draft organic law on the audio-visual communication authority was transmitted with a priority of examination because it is a pressing request of professionals, journalists and public opinion,” he said.

This bill sets the attributions of this authority, its composition, the mode of its election, organisation and means to ask it for account and it includes 6 chapters and 59 articles. This important constitutional authority will have the task of regulating and modernising the audio-visual sector and will ensure freedom of expression and information and a pluralistic and objective press.

Mohamed Souf also said that among the bills submitted to the HPR, a request for which was made at a meeting with Prime Minister last October to consider them as a matter of priority, include the texts relating to the constitutional authorities that remain to be implemented and whose creation is part of the “priorities of the legislative institution”.

The government also submitted to the HPR a draft law on the regulation of foreign exchange offenses.

“This is just as an important a bill for the government as it will mitigate the movement of foreign currency off official channels, which has a visible impact on the country’s foreign exchange reserves,” he said.

“This bill will not fail, through exceptional measures, to integrate these currencies in the organised circuit,” he said.

Source: TAP News Agency

One Terrorist killed in clashes between military units and terrorist group on Kasserine heights

One Terrorist was killed in clashes between military units and a terrorist group on Tuesday evening on Kasserine heights, National Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Belhassen Oueslati told TAP.

He said that as part of hunting down terrorist groups holed up on the western heights of the country mainly in Kasserine, the military units clashed tonight with a number of terrorists and killed one of them.

The same source added that the military units are still hunting down these terrorists.

Source: TAP News Agency