Tunisian Islamist Party Ennahdha's Economic Policy Goals: Social Justice, Tourism, and Foreign Investment

News article, posted 11.30.2011, from Tunisia, in:
Tunisian Islamist Party Ennahdha's Economic Policy Goals: Social Justice, Tourism, and Foreign Investment

Summary: According to an architect of the plan, the economic platform of the Tunisian Islamist party Ennahdha plans to raise wages, create jobs, fight poverty, improve infrastructure, and boost regional relationships, especially with Arab, Muslim-majority countries. Ennahdha recently performed exceptionally well in the country's first democratic elections for the Constituent Assembly, which will rewrite the constitution.

Ennahdha notably indicates plans to create a common Maghreb market and to waive visa requirements for those coming from, as the article points it, "Arab and Muslim countries" in order to boost regional tourism. Ennahdha also notes plans to improve economic relationships with non-Muslim majority countries, such as the USA, Japan, and Canada.

In order to address tourism, which many fear will languish in a country with an Islamist-majority government, Ennahdha member Imed Rouzgani, professor of marketing, also emphasized the liberalizing "OpenSky" policy, which would, he said, lead to a decrease in flight prices.

According to Dr. Ridha Chkoundali, Professor of Economics and an architect of Ennahdha's economic program, the party promises to significantly increase revenues from 6,300 (4,415 USD) to 10,000 (7,009 USD) Tunisian dinars per year per citizen. Though the article does not explicitly state this, Dr. Chkoundali is likely referring to the average yearly revenue, as some Tunisians make much less than 6,300 dinars a year, as the current minimum monthly wage remains below 300 TD (210 USD).