Sharing the fruits of growth
A remarkable improvement of the standard of living of the Tunisian citizen has been achieved during the last 17 years, thanks to balanced social and political policy and to a humanistic approach to the economy.
Life expectancy which was 67 years in 1984, reached 73 in 2003.
The population growth fell from 2.3% to 1.08% in 2003.
The average per capita income increased from 952 dinars in 1986 to 2,444 dinars in 1998, and to 3,555 dinars in 2004.
About three quarters of the population belong today to the middle class. About 80% of Tunisian families are home-owners.
Effective steps have been taken to eliminate the last so-called "shadow areas " (poor and isolated parts of the country) and thus to combat poverty.
The National Solidarity Fund ("26-26"), created by President Ben Ali, has triggered a natioanl dynamic of solidarity throughout the country. The interventions of the Fund has made it possible to provide effective aid to the needy (more than 220,000 families or about 1 million people living in precariousness) and to integrate within the economic circuit the individuals and areas of the coutnry that were till then on the fringe of the development process (the poverty rate is now at about 4%).
The many social and economic indicators well reflect the various means put in use as well as the results achieved on the social scale.