Tunis - Tunisia's economy is on course to grow by 3.5%
this year, confirming the country's recovery from the crisis triggered
by last year's uprising, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on Saturday.
The economy shrank by 1.85% last year, in the
wake of the uprising that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben
The situation has begun to look up since the Ennahda
party, which espouses a moderate brand of Islam, came to power in
elections late last year.
Tunisia has also received millions of dollars
in loans and aid from the European Union, World Bank and African
Tourism revenue grew 36% in the first four
months of 2012 and foreign direct investment shot up 19.3%,
Jebali told a conference on the preparation of this year's budget.
Jebali said the priority for the country, which lives
mainly off tourism and agriculture, was to consolidate the budget and
invest in value-added activities. The government aims to create 75 000
jobs over the year, he said.
High unemployment was one of the main factors behind the uprising against Ben Ali - the first uprising in the Arab Spring.