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Swift government measures will not save jobs, businesses in Tunisia

The Tunisian government has announced a series of measures to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, but some are not optimistic about the benefits for small businesses and the tourism sector.

Tunisia’s business community has welcomed the government’s swift action to support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, but it doubts that measures will go far enough to prevent massive job losses and business closures in the already stagnant Tunisian economy.

The Tunisian Union for Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), which represents the private business sector in Tunisia, is in urgent talks with the minister of finance, Mohammed Nizar Yaiche. They are petitioning him to issue special provisions to safeguard businesses and jobs during the time of enforced confinement.

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