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Integration of 30 thousand craftsmen in economic circuit (finance bill).

(TAP) -- The finance bill for 2018 provides for the integration of 30 thousand artisans in the economic circuit by enabling them to contract bank loans under the chapter relating to the social component.

In a statement on Friday to TAP, a source from the finance ministry who preferred to remain anonymous said that craftsmen will be exempt from repaying credits they had obtained from the national craft office.

Besides, the draft finance bill plans to mobilise an amount of 60 thousand dinars to rehabilitate the emergency services of all hospitals as well as schools.

According to the same source, a guarantee fund for housing loans will be created for the benefit of categories with unstable income who are not entitled to bank credits.

This measure will benefit, he said, 500,000 citizens who are not employees and therefore cannot obtain a bank credit since the banks demand the domiciliation of wages, adding that the activity of beneficiaries of this fund which are required to pay the payment of taxes must be regulated.

Other measures include boosting employment and reduction of unemployment (15.3% in the first quarter of 2017) through several mechanisms, including the improvement of the employment dignity contract, indicating that 18,000 young people have benefited from this contract until the end of August 2017 and that it is possible to achieve the target by reaching 25,000 young people mechanism by the end of the current year.

On the other hand, it is necessary to find solutions to the precarious employment phenomenon (construction workers and mechanisms 20 and 16) without ignoring the measures that will be proposed to boost investment and which will contribute to boosting 'employment. The draft budget law is also intended to further promote the "First House" programme.

The same source adds that a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed on October 10 between the National Federation of Information Technology under the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts and the Ministries of vocational training and employment, higher education and scientific research and communication technologies and the digital economy in order to launch the "digital talent" project, which plans to train between 600 and 1,000 young people specialised in the information technology sector and to finance their projects.

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Date:Oct 6, 2017
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