Technical talks with IMF resumed says BCT

Tunisia has resumed technical talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance after a request this week by Prime Minister Najla Bouden, the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) said on Saturday.

The bank said an IMF delegation met its governor Marouane Abassi this week to discuss economic reforms envisaged by the Tunisian authorities and which could gain international support.

The impact of the pandemic has added to the pressure on Tunisia’s efforts to fund its budget spending and debt repayments, raising the prospect of a looming crisis in its public finances.

The Tunisian delegation and representatives of the IMF have emphasised the importance of strategic directions adopted by the Tunisian government that will be translated, in part, at the level of the Finance Act (LF) 2022, and which can give a strong signal both to donors and Tunisian and foreign investors.

“A consensus has emerged on the importance of involving all national stakeholders in the conduct of these reforms,” said the BCT.


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