Tunisia Prime Minister Designate Warns Of Austerity, Job Cuts

Tunisia Prime Minister designate Youssef Chahed says that the country will need to adopt an austerity programme if current economic difficulties continue. The Prime minister is looking at public sector job cuts and new taxes. He told parliament that his new government would take tough decisions to help economic growth and create jobs. Tunisia is struggling with lower tourism revenues after two major attacks on foreign tourists last year. The country's public sector wage bill is also one of the highest in the world at 13.5 percent of GDP. Tunisia needs about 450 million dollars every month to pay employees but is struggling to raise the amount. Labour unions and other groups have however resisted attempts to reform pensions and introduce more taxes.
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