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TV debate between the political parties about: Challenges and economic programs

TV debate between the political parties about: Challenges and economic programs

TV debate between the political parties about:
Challenges and economic programs
Investment – development – Employment

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
10:30 am to 1 pm
Sheraton Hotel – Tunis

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Center for the Study of Islam and democracy had held a TV about the parties’ platforms Entitled : Challenges and the political parties programs of economy : investment – development and Employment Saturday, October 18th, 2014 in Sheraton hotel .A group of political parties representatives had assisted namely : Mr. Ridha Saidi for Ennahda party and Mr. Mohammed Saleh Ayari for Republican Party and Mr. Anis Jaziri for Congress for the Republic and Thoraya Hammami Bokri for the forum party for Labour and Liberties and Mr. Sheikh Ruhou from the Democratic Alliance and Mr. Kosh Democratic Movement Party.

The call of Tunisia , Tunisia prospects prospects , the Popular Front, The democratic Path , and The Initiative parties had excused for attendance.

A group of experts in the economic sphere had participated in this debate by asking questions to the representatives of the parties: Mr. Tawfiq Al Rajhi: university professor emeritus and President of the Economic Forum and Mr. Hatem Saleh: university professor in economics at the University of Manouba, Mr. Fathi Al-Nouri: a university professor in the economy.

02The opening speech was delivered by the director of the center for Study of Islam and democracy Dr. Radwan Masmoudi where he provided the content and the importance of this debate in this period as it provides a space for discussion between the parties to expose the parties platforms in the economic sphere, referring to the difficulties and economic challenges for which the Tunisian revolution was erupted.

 

After that the political parties had presented their economic platform and interacting with the experts questions concerning the following topics :

  • Regional Development and Employment
  • Reform of the Banking Institutions
  • Social Funds and Support Fund
  • Investment Law
  • The increase in wages and purchasing power
  • Energy

Ennahda Party:

03Mr. Ridha Saidi, Minister the former adviser of the prime minister and the representative of the Nahdha movement had stated in the provision of the economic program of Ennahda by a diagnosis of the economic and social fragility and the reality of the previous development path based on cheap labor and low prices, Mr. Reza Saidi .had proposed development path which is based on the social market economy, that combines the efficiency of the private sector and the role of the state and the quick transition from the profit economy to the market economy, competition promotion of equal opportunities and the promising economic sectors. Ennahda representative had also stressed the requirements of this economic transition namely a reform of the tax system and the banking institutions and social funds with a national program for the development of infrastructure and the digital transition.

In response to the experts questions, Mr. Reza Saidi confirmed the Ennahdha ‘s intention to adopt a development path takes into account the citizen purchasing power and social gap between regions and the adoption of development provinces that is made of regions sharing the same economic characteristics. For funding Mr. Saidi talked about a trend towards diversification of the projects funding sources Concerning and energy shale gas, Mr. Reza Saidi stated his position on this for lack of evidence about side effects on the environment and the huge amount of energy reserves that can be supplied thanks to this project .

The Republican Party:

04Mr. Mohammed Saleh Ayari representative of the Republican Party pointed out his party’s intention to give absolute priority to reducing the difference in unemployment rates between regions and genders by establishing industries based on high value-added activities and industrial zones while reducing handling system and creating four development provinces and fifty incubator for corporations.

The Republican Party representative Mohammed Saleh Ayari said also , that his party has prepared a national program to support the e-commerce and to encourage university graduates to create enterprises ICT field with the diversification of touristic products Commenting on the experts’ questions, Mr. Mohammed Saleh Ayari pointed out his party’s orientation towards the establishment of local development fund and to support decentralization and productivity according to the competence of woking power in each region and establishing a social housing program by providing 3200 house each year, lifting the Social isolation from interior areas. Tackling the reforms that must be taken the republican representative mentioned the reform of the fiscal legislation and the recapitalization of banks and merging them into a single pole due to the futility of separation between banks.

Congress for the Republic Party :

05Presenting his party’s platform , Mr. Anis Jaziri representative of the “Conference” stated that the next five years should be years of reform in various fields focusing on good governance and establish transparency with resistance to corruption and establishing the decentralization and strengthening of the local governance by giving it greater powers in decision-making and independence with the importance of the financial state welfare system . Mr. Jaziri said also that his party is planning for creating 40 projects for regional development includes a number of strategic sectors at a cost of about 40 billion dinars in a participatory approach between the public and private sectors (PPP).

Regarding the energy issue, the representative of the Congress for the Republic party had stressed his rejection for shale gas extraction project due to the environmental problem posed and the threat of water resources. He had also pointed out the proposal of the establishment of the Ministry of Regional Development working with the interests of the State Property and real estate Affairs and the various parties intervening in this area in addition to the establishment of industrial zones and priority development of the railways and extending Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia Tozeur high road.

Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties:

06Thoraya Hammami Bokri proclaimed that the economic program stems from the Forum’s future vision and is a continuation of the objectives put forward in 2011, with the investment of the forum’s experience in governance. She also explained that the forum’s electoral program is based on wealth creation, cutting with the fragility, handling economy and human investment through the reform of Education and Training systems along with the administrative reform in order to support decentralization and improve the infrastructure by building roads and bridges to accelerate development. She stressed the state’s need to maintain its role as a vehicle for investment with the socialization of the private sector to provide jobs, which must be decent. She also stressed the importance of the sectoral vision in the field of agriculture, and tourism and services sectors’ support.
The forum representative had also commented on the economies experts questions ,talking about the striving of the forum party to reform the banks starting from an overall audit process and the continuance of the forum party proposal in the previous government about the reform and capitalization of the banks.

Democratic Alliance party :

07Mr. Monsef Cheikh rouhou, representative of the Democratic Alliance Party spoke, while introducing his economic program, about the importance of re-adoption of charts in the implementation of economic programs and the integration and continuity of budgets. At another point, The representative of the Democratic Alliance stressed the importance to achieve major projects in the field of infrastructure to improve investment, citing the example of the United States during World War I and II and their construction of railways, car roads and embankments as well as security insurance to attract investment and to continue the reforms already launched in the past three years with a focus on hiring graduates of higher education.

In response to specialists’ questions, Mr.Moncef Cheikh rouhou considered that the banks’ reform is a first step to support the economy and give it a fresh start which could be accomplished through giving the Central Bank wider powers to monitor banks and incorporate it in the process of reform . with regard to funding sources, the representative of the Democratic Alliance presented the proposal of participation funds. He also noted the consensus of the parties to the proposal of development poles and the role of the public – private partnership in improving the investment as well as the role of the major institutions in the creation of investment and job opportunities.

Democratic Current :

08Mr. Hatem Al_Kosh began his speech by citing the rank of Tunisia in Davos forum concerning investment opportunities during the last decade to emphasize the opportunities for economic success if the conditions for success are provided .The democratic current economic platform focuses also, according to his representative Hatem Kosh, on the development of the business environment and resist smuggling and simplify procedures for enterprise creation. The program of events includes the establishment of the High Authority for Investment and by focusing on regional development poles in a partnership between the public and private sectors and the investment funds .in other hand,he emphasized the pursuit of democratic current for a the comprehensive reform of the banking and fiscal system.

In his answer on the experts’ question ,the representative of the Democratic current , cited the the important role of small and medium enterprises, which represent the backbone of the national economy and the extent of its importance in employment issue. He had also confirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of banks and to establish an openness to foreign market and provide opportunities for exporting enterprises and reduce administrative obstacles .

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