Economy Tunisia to submit reform plan to IMF in September By Reuters August 18, 2022 Creative Commons The programme will include measures to reduce public sector wage bill and outline a path to restructuring indebted state-owned companies The country wants $4 billion in loans from the IMFThe plan will include measures to reduce public sector wage bill Tunisia will submit a national reform programme to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in September, the economy minister said on Wednesday, part of efforts to secure a bailout to rescue strained public finances. Economy Minister Samir Saied was quoted by state news agency TAP as saying the programme would be submitted to the IMF board. Tunisia has said it wants $4 billion in loans from the IMF, though diplomats have said it is more likely to get $2 billion $3 billion. The programme is expected to include measures to reduce the public sector wage bill, cut subsidies and outline a path to restructuring indebted state-owned companies. Last week the government signed an agreement with the major labour union, a longstanding opponent of state spending cuts that could hit its members, and with the major business union, to hold talks on reforms. The IMF has said securing union acceptance of reforms is critical to it regarding Tunisia’s programme as a viable basis for loan negotiations. Efforts to secure the IMF bailout have been complicated by Tunisia’s political upheavals since President Kais Saied seized most powers a year ago, shutting down parliament and moving to rule by decree. Saied has said the moves were needed to end political paralysis and he enshrined his expanded role in a new constitution that was passed in a referendum last month and will soon come into effect.