World Bank willing to support Tunisian government’s planned reforms

World Bank willing to support Tunisian government's planned reforms

Tunis (UNA-OIC) – The World Bank (WB) is willing to continue the implementation of cooperation programs with Tunisia, including social and economic integration programs and cooperation to support the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), WB Vice-President for the Middle East and North Africa Region Ferid Belhaj said on Wednesday.

Belhaj, who spoke at a remote meeting with Tunisian Minister of Economy and Planning Samir Saied, added that the World Bank, which follows with interest the evolution of economic and financial conditions in Tunisia, is also willing to support the reforms planned by the government to ensure economic recovery and overcome the current crisis.

The Minister of Economy and Planning said the new government, aware of the challenges facing the country, is currently working on the development of an urgent and feasible reform program, in consultation with the various economic and social stakeholders.

The priorities of this program are the vitalization of economic activity, the improvement of the situation of public finance and the development of good governance, he added.

“Tunisia relies in this reform process on its own capabilities, but also expects greater support from its partners,” said the minister, who expressed his “satisfaction” at the cooperation between Tunisia and the World Bank.

Samir Saied expressed the hope that cooperation with the World Bank will be strengthened, especially in areas of growth, including digitalization and technological innovation.

The meeting held on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, currently being held in Washington, saw the participation of Minister of Finance Sihem Nemsia, Secretary of State for International Cooperation Aida Hamdi, and the Director of the World Bank office in Tunisia and the Director of the office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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