Saied did not sign any document related to negotiations with IMF (Presidency of the Republic)

Contrary to information relayed by some media, the President of the Republic, Kais Saied has not signed any document related to the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a source of the Presidency of the Republic revealed on Tuesday to TAP.

This clarification follows statements made earlier today by former Trade Minister Mohsen Hassan on a local private radio station, concerning the participation of the Tunisian delegation in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Hassen said that the delegation presented to the IMF officials a whole file that includes a letter of intent signed by Kais Saied.

According to him, the IMF would have required the President of the Republic and the Governor of the Central Bank to sign a letter attesting to the commitment of Tunisia to carry out economic reforms, part of which is already included in the 2023 finance law.

A Tunisian delegation led by Prime Minister Najla Bouden and composed of Minister of Finance, Sihem Namsia and Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia, Marouane Abassi participated from January 17 to 19 in the World Economic Forum “Davos 2023”. This delegation was received by the Head of State before and after his trip to Davos.

In Switzerland and at the end of her meeting with the IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, on the sidelines of this forum, the Prime Minister had described the meeting as “positive”, insofar as the first official had stressed that the international financial institution remains a solid partner of Tunisia.

Kristalina Georgieva reiterated her support for the negotiation process between Tunisia and the IMF, with a view to concluding a financing agreement of around 1.9 billion dollars to support Tunisia’s economic policies.

On October 15, 2022, the International Monetary Fund, one of the country’s main international donors, and the Tunisian authorities reached an agreement at the staff level. The final validation of this agreement was supposed to take place at the level of the fund’s board of directors in December 2022, but the fund has deprogrammed it from its calendar.

Finance Minister Sihem Namsia had said last December that Tunisia should reach a final agreement with the fund early this year.

Source: Tap News Agency