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Chahed: Tunisian administration is called upon to carry out reforms and mobilise skills

Published the:  26/06/2018

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(TAP) – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said Tuesday the Tunisian administration is called today to carry out reforms, create opportunities and mobilise skills.

He added that the administration has played, since the post-revolution period, an important role and greatly contributed to the country’s transition from the period of fear and doubt to the period of hope, trust and construction".

Speaking at the opening of the 2018 International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IISA) Annual Congress in Tunis, Chahed said the real difficulty lies in the slowness of fundamental reforms that must be made by the public administration and supported by all economic and social stakeholders.

These reforms must be implemented in accordance with a fixed timetable and each must contribute to their implementation despite their direct impact on the social gains and purchasing power.

The Premier said the congress will further develop administrative scientific research and review the experiences of different countries in areas directly related to governance, including the partnership between the public and private sectors, the financial rigidity of the local governance, the fight against corruption, hazard management and cyber-terrorism.

"Tunisia remains open to successful practices and experiences in sustainable governance and is working to intensify and diversify opportunities to leverage the expertise and experiences of partner countries," he pointed out.

He added that “the country has adopted the path of reform and modernisation as a strategic choice despite the difficulties and put in place a roadmap for economic and social reform by 2020.”

In this context, Chahed stressed that Tunisia relies first of all on its own resources as well as on the intelligence of its administrative elites and their power to identify the appropriate solutions to current problems, taking into account the specificities of the internal and external environment.

Besides the reform of the civil service and the development of its administrative structures, Tunisia's choice was focused on the reform of public finance to improve the effectiveness of public policy and reform to establish the foundations of tax justice, he further indicated.

The Prime Minister said the priorities also include the reform of the social security system, the fight against smuggling and all parallel economic activities and the development of commodity support mechanisms.

"Tunisia is currently preparing to enter a new stage of negotiations with its privileged partner the European Union to complete the review of the comprehensive and thorough free trade agreement," Chahed pointed out.

He added today, it is more than ever urgent to accelerate the pace of planned reforms and to mobilise the financial, human and technological resources needed for their success.

The PM also said Tunisia's approach, based on consensus, consultation and partnerships, is the one that guarantees the most chances of success in the modernisation and reform programmes and makes it possible to better respond to the changes in society.

"The Tunisian General Labor Union remains the main partner in the implementation of these reforms", he stressed