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  • 2021-03-03 10:22:58
Marginalisation of Tunisia's internal regions is negligence from the State or a real impotence?

Based on the current economic conditions in Tunisia, particularly as a result of the Corona pandemic, which has exacerbated the deterioration of the economic situation, those most affected are the inhabitants of the interior regions of Tunisia, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics, the poverty rates in Tunisia are as follows: The centre-west is 32% and the north-west 26%, while Greater Tunis 8%.

 

Extreme poverty is reflected in the psychological state of children.

In addition to the deterioration of living conditions, marginalisation of interior regions namely in infrastructure and health services sector besides the lack of employment opportunities have affected the psychological state of children. In recent days, in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, the same schools witnessed the suicide of three children, aged at most ten. In the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, the mayor of the commune commented on this incident by saying "The children suffer from social problems, extreme poverty and  total absence of life basics, a pupil unable to buy shoes to go to school cannot be psychologically normal and indicated that the state has decided to resurrect a cultural club in the area, which cost 5000 dinars, and stressed the need to empower rural women with small loans to enable them to launch agricultural projects and provide livelihoods for families, taking into account the specificity of the agricultural area.

 

Phosphate problem, public deficit or labour shortage.

The Tunisian government is still on its feet and unable to find appropriate solutions to the phosphate problem it has been suffering from since 2011, despite the fact that this is one of the most important issues presented to successive governments that have been unable to find a solution to the problem. This has caused confusion in the pace and disruption continues despite the fact that the Gafsa mandate is suffering from a suffocating unemployment crisis, which stands at 31%, according to the National Statistics Institute.

 

Samir Cheffi, Deputy General Secretary of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (supposedly a trade union organisation), said that "all successive governments after 2011 are responsible for the crisis". And he stressed that the Ennahda movement bears the brunt of blame, as it has been in power for more than 10 years and is in the vanguard.

Thus, the phosphate crisis continues in Tunisia,moreover all successive governments were unable to find solutions that satisfy all parties concerned in this area that seriously affects the country's economy.

This has contributed to the increase in poverty rates in the interior regions and the deterioration of the social condition of citizens.

Written by: Mahmoud ABDO

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