Head of state vows return of Tunisair to its former glory [Upd 1]

Tunis: President Kaïs Saied, on Monday, paid an unannounced visit to Tunis-Carthage International Airport, where he was made aware of the many "inadequacies, shortcomings and irregularities" that have occurred in the past and continue to occur today. In this context, the Head of State stressed the need to work as hard as possible to restore national carrier "Tunisair" to its former glory and to clean up its staff, all the more so as the public audit of recruitment revealed that more than 130 agents and managers had joined the company on the basis of forged diplomas, favouritism and loyalty rather than competence and scientific qualifications, according to a statement published by the Presidency of the Republic. President Kaïs Saïed took advantage of his visit to reiterate his firm position on the future of public companies. "There will be no more selling of public establishments and companies," said the Head of State, adding that "nothing stands in the way of these companies being financially balanced and solid, particularly once they have been reorganised and the funds stolen from them have been recovered". The audit of public procurement took the form of a decree published in the Journal officiel de la Tunisian Republic (JORT) on September 21. This decree concerns the general audit of integration and recruitment operations in the civil service, public institutions, public establishments, public companies, companies with public shareholdings and all other public structures, carried out from January 14, 2011 to July 25, 2021. The name of the text seems to give a broader scope to the mission assigned to the Steering Committee on Audit Operations. Public recruitment is one of the issues to which the Head of State has shown increasing interest and attention through his working meetings with several heads of ministerial departments, during which the twin concerns of speed and responsibility have been emphasised. It should be noted that the deadline for audit committees to submit their reports to the Steering C ommittee, which reports to the Prime Minister, has been extended by two months from December 20. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

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