Tunisia : Fourth Review Under the Extended Fund Facility Arrangement and Request for Modification of Performance Criteria-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Tunisia

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund. Middle East and Central Asia Dept.

Publication Date:

October 8, 2018

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The recovery continues in a difficult environment. The recovery has proceeded broadly as expected in the Third Review, notwithstanding elevated socio-political tensions and a further increase in oil prices. Growth accelerated to 2.8 percent in the second quarter driven by agriculture and tourism, inflation decelerated to 7.5 percent in August, and the current account deficit for the first half of the year improved by one percent of GDP. However, investment remains weak, unemployment is high especially among the youth and women, and the Tunisians’ purchasing power is eroding. The fiscal deficit at end-July was lower than expected, reflecting the 2018 tax package and improved collection. The authorities met all Quantitative Performance Criteria and implemented two out of the three Structural Benchmarks due for the Fourth Review, notably the competitive central bank foreign exchange auctions.

Series:

Country Report No. 18/291

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 8, 2018

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484380314/1934-7685

Stock No:

1TUNEA2018003

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

88

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