Tunisia: OECD’s Gurría welcomes democratic progress and pledges continued support
20/02/2014-OECD Secretary General Angel-Gurría has welcomed Tunisia’s progress towards democratic reconstruction and pledged to support the Tunisian government and people in the challenges ahead.
“The adoption of a new constitution last week is a celebration of freedom and dignity. It mandates equality between men and women, promises a level playing field in the spirit of social justice and recognises youth as the driving force for building the country’s future prosperity. We look forward to strengthen our cooperation in support of Tunisia's democratic and economic ambitions ” Mr Gurría said.
The OECD has worked with Tunisia in this transition stage, providing analytical support for policy decisions.
Tunisia adhered to several OECD instruments, including the Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises in May 2012, became a member of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes in April 2012 and joined the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in July 2012. Tunisia became the first country to participate in the OECD’s CleanGovBiz anti-corruption initiative in June 2012.
In the context of the MENA Transition Fund, established in October 2012 by the G8 Deauville Partnership, the OECD is currently supporting Tunisia in implementing private- public partnerships and establishing a sound institutional framework for investment. It also helps Tunisia in reforming its tax system to enhance domestic resource mobilization and in improving the employability of young Tunisians.
Mr Gurría added: “The OECD will continue to support Tunisia as it works to strengthen the democratic institutions created by the new constitution, and to develop a stronger, inclusive economy that meets the aspirations of Tunisia’s citizens.”
Tunisia is closely engaged in the Organisation’s MENA Initiative which promotes governance reform and shares policy advice to promote sustainable and inclusive growth throughout the region.