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Statement by the IMF Mission at the Conclusion of a Visit to Tunisia

A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Mr. Amine Mati, visited Tunis during December 9—18, 2015 to review recent economic developments and progress on the Tunisian authorities’ economic reform agenda and learn about the reform priorities that underpin the authorities ’five-year economic vision. A Stand-By Arrangement in the amount of SDR 1.146 billion (about US$1.61 billion, 400 percent of Tunisia’s quota), approved by the Executive Board on June 7, 2013 (See Press Release No. 13/202), will expire on 31 December 2015. The authorities have expressed interest in a successor program. The mission held productive discussions with senior government and central bank officials. It also met with representatives of the banking and private sectors, trade unions, parliamentarians, the donor community, and civil society. At the end of the discussions, Mr. Mati issued the following statement:“The mission commends the authorities’ efforts in preserving macroeconomic stability and the steps taken towards adopting policies necessary for generating higher and more inclusive growth in a difficult global and regional environment.

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