Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia should achieve a real GDP growth of 2.4 percent in 2018 and 2.9%

in 2019, according to IMF projections released Tuesday in a statement on the completion of the 2017 consultations.

Unemployment is expected to remain high at 15% in 2018 and then fall to 14.8% in 2019.

Inflation is projected to be 6.5% in 2018, then 5.9% in 2019, according to the Fund, while in May 2018 the inflation rate reached 7.7%, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

Foreign direct investment, which accounts for 2% of GDP in 2018, is expected to increase to 2.5% of GDP in 2019.

According to IMF forecasts, the gross public debt would be in the order of 73.1% of GDP in 2018 and should continue its rise in 2019 to 73.3% of GDP.

This is the same for external debt, which will rise from 83.7% of GDP in 2018 to 85.5% of GDP in 2019.

The current account of the balance of payments would still remain negative, with a downward trend, to -9.2% of GDP in 2018, and -7.8% of GDP in 2019.

In 2017, Tunisia’s GDP per capita was $ 3,496 for a total population of 11.5 million.