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Finance Committee begins review of Five-Year Plan 2016-2020

The Finance, Planning and Development Committee of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), on Monday, began the review of the Five-Year Development Plan 2016-2020, the first strategic plan after the revolution, in the presence of the Parliament Speaker, the Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, the Minister of Finance and parliament members.

HPR Speaker, Mohamed Ennaceur, affirmed at the opening of the session that this plan will draw the future vision of the country and will help realize the objectives of the revolution, inscribed in the Constitution of 2014, instead of solely dealing with cyclical problems.

He also underlined that the HPR will assume the responsibility of participating in the definition of the country’s strategic orientations, through the contribution of the finance committee and other committees in the discussion of the plan and the follow-up of its implementation.

According to him, several factors have contributed to the development of this plan, such as the Carthage agreement, the establishment of a national unity government, the organisation of the Tunisia 2020 International Investment Conference…

For his part, chairman of the Finance Committee, Mongi Rahoui considered that this plan is of great importance, being part of the overall conception of Tunisia in the next five years, within the framework of its Maghreb, African and international environment.

He added that this plan will be the framework for discussing economic, social, cultural and educational policies and the regional development approach, especially since several years after the Revolution, the situation has not improved at the level of Disadvantaged regions.

For his part, Fadhel Abdelkefi, Minister of Development, Investment and International Co-operation spoke of the difficulties in drawing up this plan, which are mainly linked to employment, financial imbalances, investments, regional disparities, demographics, social policies and rising poverty rates.

Abdelkefi also affirmed that this plan aims at the establishment of a new development model capable of promoting inclusive development and a restructuring of the national economy and allowing the realisation of new projects while dedicating 70% of public investments to inland areas.

He, therefore, invited the parliament to speed up the vote on the plan, which was originally intended to cover the period 2016-2020, in order to allow the transition to action and the achievement of its orientations, especially since the projects included in this plan have been the subject of much work by regional and central committees.

Abdelkefi also called for accelerating the review of the economic emergency law in order to speed up the execution of public projects, to reduce tension at the regional level.

Finance Minister Lamia Zribi, for her part, considered that the absence of a development plan as a reference framework made it difficult to draw up the state budget and the Finance Law which generally refer to that plan.

According to her, the 2016-2020 Development Plan provides a framework for sustainable development, preserving financial balances and reducing pressure on the state budget.

Source: TAP news Agency

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