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Modernising working mechanisms of administration and public service (Chahed)

Published the:  25/05/2017

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(TAP) – The President of the Government Youssef Chahed, on Thursday, stressed the importance of modernising the working mechanisms of the administration and the public service by adopting new technologies, the only guarantee of transparency and the efficiency required by citizens.

 Speaking at the opening of an information day on “monitoring and evaluation system of public programmes and projects ‘INJAZ’ “, Chahed said the government\\'s objective is to accelerate the pace of implementation of public projects and to ensure their monitoring and management, in addition to ensuring good governance.

The Government has also focused on the evaluation of public projects and providing updated data to the public in real time, in accordance with the principles of good governance, he said.

He recalled that the government has set up a committee within The President of the Government to monitor blocked projects in the different governorates, while giving priority to interior governorates.

This committee has adopted a direct intervention mechanism to solve the problems, in addition to direct co-ordination with governors and regional officials as well as MPs in different regions of the country, said the Prime Minister, adding that it has already solved several problems and contributed to the activation of certain blocked projects.

Chahed also stated that his government has worked to modernize the monitoring tools, by setting up a modern computer system in co-ordination with the National Informatics Centre (French: CNI), called "INJAZ" and the first of its kind since the revolution.

This system will allow public bodies to access up-to-date data on the execution of public projects and programmes.

It will also enable decision-makers to provide data and indicators to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of performance and decision-making in addition to rapid response.

"INJAZ" is currently being tested in 5 pilot ministries (development, investment and international cooperation, housing and spatial development, agriculture, water resources and fisheries, vocational training and employment, education) and public enterprises, pending its generalisation.

Chahed highlighted the importance given to the implementation of this kind of projects in the framework of the 2020 Digital Tunisia programme.

He called on all managers of public structures, in particular those supervising mega-projects or those directly involved in supporting development in the regions, to join the INJAZ system as soon as possible.

Chairman of the General Authority for Monitoring Public Programmes in charge of the INJAZ system Badreddine Brayki, for his part, spoke of the reasons for the creation of this new system under experimentation, including the lack of a comprehensive system that meets the needs of the Tunisian administration and all stakeholders.

Among the other causes behind its creation is the lack of co-ordination between data, statistical figures and indicators in this area and the absence of a unified approach to the monitoring and evaluation of public projects and programmes.

Brayki recalled that the system reflects national orientations aimed at boosting the pace of public projects, modernising the administration\\'s means of work and ensuring more transparency and good governance.

The experimental phase will make it possible to make the necessary corrections in order to develop the INJAZ system and allow it to respond to the specificities of each ministry, he said.

He recalled that Decree No. 13, dated May 8, 2017, encouraged all stakeholders to join the system and gradually abandon all other methods adopted. The aim is to establish a unified national system recognised and applied by all public administrations for better governance of public projects.

For his part, the minister of communication technologies and the digital economy Mohamed Anouar Maarouf affirmed that the computerisation of the Tunisian administration requires a will and monitoring, considering that the system INJAZ will help to fight against corruption.