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Tunisia: “we have discussed as equals with IMF; proposals came from us, not dictated,” says FinMin

In response, during an interview with AfricanManager, to those who accuse Tunisia of having complied with the requirements and the dictates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Tunisian Minister of Finance stated: “we have discussed, I insist to say, as equals with the IMF on the actions that we have proposed. It is true that reforms are included in the program with the Fund, but they are our own proposals.

In fact, the IMF has changed; it no longer imposes anything. It demands to know where we are going and what we propose as reform programs to finance to get there and how it can participate, while prioritizing them. It is we who have determined our own goals and needs in reform. I must also say that the IMF has shown a lot of flexibility with us because it wants to see the Tunisian democratic experience succeed.”

The Minister indicated that 60% of own revenues of the state are going to wages, regardless of debt, investment needs, improvement of the investment climate, developing regions and creating jobs.

“With this salary volume, which I personally consider unsustainable, and the state in which public finances are, the flexibility of the government becomes very narrow,” adds Lamia Zribi who concluded by saying that the only way out of the crisis remains the recovery of growth, of which the postponement of wage increases to 2018 is an essential component.

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