EXCLUSIVE: CONECT says Kais Saied’s decisions open doors of hope for Tunisians

The CONECT executive office urged Tunisians, especially after the recent decisions of the President of the Republic, Kais Saied, which opened the doors of hope to the Tunisian people, to put aside all differences and give priority to the economic development as a guarantor of wealth and dignity of the citizens. That will put Tunisia on the path of progress.

The National Executive Office of the Confederation of Citizen Businesses of Tunisia (CONECT) met at the end of this week in the presence of the presidents of the regional offices, sectoral federations of the organization to review the latest developments in the North-African country. CONECT officials have expressed their expectations for Tunisia to overcome this exceptional period, which supports stability quickly and strengthens social cohesion to address the economic challenges facing the country.

The executive committee members recalled that the most critical concerns of Tunisians revolve around the fight against the scourges of unemployment, poverty, regional disparities, rising public debt, falling growth, and inflation, speculation, and monopolistic practices. The widening of the trade deficit and the decline in production and productivity are also real problems that block lasting and global stability in Tunisia.

Absolute imperatives are also the acceleration of preparing the complementary budget law 2021 and the budget law for the year 2022, emphasizing CONECT. The organization also called for investor reassurance and acceleration of negotiations with international donors by establishing a roadmap that outlines a reform agenda in a participatory vision by associating national organizations and civil society.

Concerning strengthening the competitiveness of Tunisian companies and the economy in general, CONECT management recalled the importance of administrative and support services digitalization and decentralization. Furthermore, they stressed adequate control of the related difficulties and addressed logistical problems in Tunisian ports, mainly in the port of Radès.

Tunisia Survey, a specialist in online surveys and digital studies, has just unveiled the results of its three presidents’ popularity barometer. Its goal is to measure the satisfaction of Tunisian internet users with the performance of the three presidents: Kaïs Saïed, Rached Ghannouchi, and Hichem Mechichi. Unlike the other 13 previous waves, the results released refer to a particular issue marked by the effects of wave 14 before July 25 Versus the results of wave 15 after July 25.

Barometer popularity of the three Presidents in Tunisia, Tunisia Survey. Photo credit: Tunisie Numerique

On July 25, 2021, which coincides with the National Day of the Republic of Tunisia, the President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed decides to suspend the ARP to revoke the parliamentary immunity of all deputies to revoke the Head of Government Hichem Mechichi. July 25 was marked by a series of demonstrations across Tunisia amid a health crisis. In addition, several offices of the Ennahdha Movement have been stormed with the same request to dissolve the parliament indicated as the source of the strangling economic and social crisis that the country is going through.

On the evening of July 25, during an emergency meeting in Carthage, the President of the Republic invoked the Constitution article 80 and addressed the Nation: “According to the Constitution, I have taken decisions that respond to the situation to save Tunisia, the state and the Tunisian people.

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