Implementation of President Ben Ali's electoral program started

Tunis, November 1st 2004-- A few days after the Tunisian presidential election, measures are being taken to implement the various aspects of the electoral program of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Measures were announced today regarding the banking and currency exchange sectors after a meeting during which President Ben Ali received Mr Taoufik Baccar, governor of the central bank.

They included raising the tourism travel allowance for Tunisians traveling abroad, from 1,000 to 2,000 dinars per year, and increasing the allowance for study abroad and the transfer amount for medical expenses outside the country. These measures will be immediately implemented.

President Ben Ali's electoral program calls for "a modern banking and financial system, advancing towards the full liberalization of the Dinar."

A special cabinet meeting examined at the end of last week the issue of the creation of job opportunities, through consolidating micro-credit mechanisms, promoting the recruitment of university graduates, enhancing the role of associations, assisting in the employment of the handicapped and helping the unemployed reintegrate the production circuit.

In his electoral program, President Ben Ali dedicated the first chapter to job creation. "Employment is always my priority," he emphasized.

President Zine El Abidine was elected to a new term in office after contested presidential elections, on October 24, 2004, in which he was challenged by three opposition candidates.