CNRPS deficit totalls 1,500 million dinars in 2017 (Taoufik Rajhi) | Tunisia News Gazette

CNRPS deficit totalls 1,500 million dinars in 2017 (Taoufik Rajhi)

Minister-Adviser to the Prime Minister in charge of Monitoring Major Reforms Taoufik Rajhi said the lack of reform of social funds has cost the state dearly, because it has exacerbated the deficit of the National Social Security and Retirement Fund (CNRPS). The latter has risen from 300 million dinars in 2015 to 600 million dinars in 2016 and 1,500 million dinars in 2017, i.e. the equivalent of 100 million dinars per month, he added.

Speaking at a press conference he gave after the opening session of the national symposium on major reforms, Rajhi said the initiation of reforms will allow a clear reduction of these losses ( between 80 to 90%).

The government has submitted draft laws to the social partners on the reform of the social security system and awaits a response from them, he noted, adding that the sub-committee on social security composed of three three production partners will meet on Thursday.

Rajhi said the introduction of the social solidarity contribution has helped to reduce the financial drain of the social funds, stressing that other reforms such as the increase in the retirement age that will come into force at the beginning of 2019 will have no immediate effect.

Regarding the non-participation of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) in this national symposium, Rajhi said “there are other frameworks for dialogue and consultation with the labour organisation.

UGTT Secretary General Noureddine Taboubi said in a statement on a radio station that the labour organisation will not participate in the symposium because the invitation arrived later and it did not receive clarification on the meeting’s agenda.

Source: TAP News Agency

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