Tunisian central bank governor calls on int'l community for funding

11:27, February 26, 2011      

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Tunisia's Central Bank governor Mustapha Nabli said in Washington that in the next months the country will need funding from the international community, reported the official press agency TAP on Friday.

"It is possible that our needs for financing may increase at both budgetary and external levels," Nabli said during a conference at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace.

"We will need financing and we are working with the World Bank, the IMF, the African Bank, the European Union and Arab Funds," he said, adding that his country will "necessitate a financial support that is higher than average."

Among the major challenges the Tunisian economy faces is " social pressure," he said, referring to catching up in terms of wage increases and additional employment.

Nabli, 63, entered the interim government a week after former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country, on Jan. 14. He had worked for 12 years as a chief economist for the World Bank in Washington.

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