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Cabinet Meeting Adopts Four Bills and 36 Decrees

August 28, 2014

Four bills were adopted Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting held in Kasbah, under the chairmanship of Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.

They relate to a loan agreement with the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) to contribute to funding the upper dam of Wadi Mellegue (174 million dinars) and a guarantee agreement to import raw materials by El Fouledh Company (20 million USD).

The other draft laws adopted concern the amendment of Decree No. 37 of the year 2011 on the implementation of one-off measures to support people working in agriculture and fisheries to enable them to continue their activities, Government spokesman and Minister and Charge of Economic Affairs, Nidhal Ouerfelli also said.

Measures provide, in particular, for exempting technicians who have received state-owned agricultural lots from lease payments under 2012 and 2013 given the continuing attacks against these lots.

The meeting also adopted the draft law on the completion of Law No. 87 of the year 1987 on farmland protection, ahead of the creation of farmhouses without changing the primary land use of farms by decree.

Ouerfelli said the Cabinet meeting also looked at 36 draft decrees, including particularly a decree on setting a ceiling for expenses of the electoral campaign by establishing a threshold for public and private funding.

It also sets out conditions and arrangements for financing the presidential election in 2014.

The decree sets the amount of public aid to electoral campaign funding at 15 dinars for each thousand voters in the first round and 10 dinars for each thousand voters in the second round.

The meeting also discussed the draft decree defining the composition and powers of the high committee for investment to improve the business climate.

The decree limits the intervention of this committee to deciding on issues related to investment, by modifying its composition and setting reasonable delays in processing files submitted to it.

The meeting also looked at a set of draft decrees related to the new school and academic year.

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Source: AllAfrica

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