Need to assess Covid-19 repercussions “objectively, without overstatement”

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ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad stressed Saturday, in Algiers, the need to assess socio-economic effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic “objectively and without overstatement,” pointing out that the objective is to prepare for the post-Covid-19 and preserve among the companies and workers of a solid commitment in the new battle for the national economic recovery.

“The assessment of this pandemic’s effects must be carried out objectively and without any overstatement,” said Djerad in his opening speech at the works of his meeting with the social partners and economic operators, aimed at setting up a safeguard committee in charge of evaluating the repercussions caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

“The purpose, through this assessment, isn’t to seek the opportunity to access public resources without recompense or to obtain undue advantages, but is rather a question of an essential operation likely to ensure a better distribution of resources,” said the minister.

This assessment is meant to “prepare for the post-health crisis and to preserve among the companies and workers of a solid commitment in the new battle for the economic recovery of our country,” affirmed Djerad.

“We are aware that the socio-economic revival and recovery couldn’t be achieved without balanced companies and sufficient purchasing power for the households in order to boost the economic momentum,” he stressed.

In this respect, Prime minister recalled the statement of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune in which he underlined that “there is no longer any difference between the public and the private company, but there are rather productive and competitive companies working for the development of the country and the creation of jobs and wealth, and other companies whose only objective is to collect wealth at the expense of investment and the general interest.”

This meeting is marked by the participation of several members of the government as well as representatives of employers’ unions, professional associations, the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), the National Independent Union of Public Administration Personnel (SNAPAP) and of the National Economic and Social Council (CNES).

This meeting comes to implement the instructions of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the Council of ministers of Sunday 12 July 2020 to the Prime minister to set up and chair a safeguard committee in charge of assessing the repercussions caused by the coronavirus pandemic on the national economy and which will bring together the social partners and economic operators.”

This committee will draw up a report that will be examined on the agenda of the new meeting of the Council of ministers on 26 July 2020.

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