IMF begins Tunisia visit to help speed up $4b loan talks

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts began a visit to Tunisia on Monday to help speed up talks surrounding a $4 billion loan programme. Tunisia is hoping to conclude the deal before the third quarter of 2022 to help support the country’s budget, The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, reported. Central bank governor Marouane El Abbasi has said the budget deficit will rise to 9.7 percent this year instead of the previously anticipated 6.7 percent, given the strength of the dollar and rise in grain prices. IMF Middle East and Central Asia director Jihad Azour is l…

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