Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“A unified consumer price index between Maghreb countries similar to other regional clusters will contribute to the Maghreb integration,” Director of Economic Affairs at the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) Reda El Merini indicated during a workshop held on Monday in Tunis on the harmonisation of consumer price indexes in the Maghreb region and the implementation of a joint index.

A draft road map to ensure the harmonisation between consumer price indexes in the 5 concerned countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia) was presented during this two-day workshop organised by the AMU’s General Secretariat (July 2-3).

The workshop aims to develop recommendations on this matter and will be addressed to the concerned ministries and the AMU’s General Secretariat so as to bring the economies of the these five Maghreb countries closer in addition to the presentation of the calculation methodology of the Maghreb consumer price index.

Experts from the African Development Bank and the European Union took part in this workshop.