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Public-Private Dialogue, tool to tackle youth unemployment

Published the:  09/05/2017

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(TAP) - Now more than ever Tunisia needs to strengthen Public-Private Dialogue (PPD), especially as it is confronted with major economic and social challenges tightly linked to youth employment, said Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (French: UTICA)'s Ouided Bouchamaoui.

"Youth employment can only be addressed within the framework of the PPD when we come to realise that the State is unable to hire," said the Chair of the employers' organisation at the opening Tuesday of the International Conference on PPD (May 9-11 ).

Tunisia, which already embraced dialogue, wants to reinvent a PPD which requires a strong platform, traceability and a framework for consultation along with flexibility and independence in decision-making and accountability for results.

This would help build a real platform of dialogue that rests on compromises and secures continuous support for structures.

The possibility of working out an institutional framework that sets out the approach to the PPD is being considered, The President of the Government Youssef Chahed said as he attended the opening session of the conference.

The event, which addresses the theme ""Public-Private Dialogue on Enterprise: Development for Youth and Inclusion," is held as by the UTICA, the World Bank and the Confederation of Danish Industry.

The President of the Government also emphasised the importance of strengthening the participatory approach in defining priorities and putting forward needed reforms for the ultimate purpose is to avoid partial reforms that benefit a sector at the expense of others.

"The success of the DPP hinges on the willingness and commitment of both sides," he underscored. The private sector has to demonstrate its capacity to make suggestions, innovate and create by means of producing recommendations while the public sector needs to provide the adequate framework for dialogue and respond positively to the proposals of the private sector with a view to implementing reforms and policies that pave the way for a conducive business climate.

World Bank (WB) Country Manager for Tunisia Eileen Murray said the DPP is of paramount importance for Tunisia and is a concrete tool that will help move to another model of social pact so as to generate job opportunities in the private sector for graduates and non-graduates.

The WB provides technical assistance and training while contributing to setting up a platform meant to foster an environment for dialogue between the private and public sectors.