Tunisia-PNUD and World Bank launch Economic Policy Dialogue in Tunis

The World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partnered together to launch the Economic Policy Dialogue (EDP) in Tunis.

World Bank Country Manager of Tunisia Tony Verheijen announced at a press conference that the initiative will consists in arranging monthly meeting that will bring together national and international actors in Tunis and in the regions on one table to share viewpoints with delegates of the public and private sectors, the academic and business opportunities and also with international development experts.It also strives to address a new economic and development pattern for Tunisia, within the frame of sustainable development goals (SDGs), he added.The action endeavours to assist “Tunisia to move away from the negative spiral in which it has found itself in recent years, particularly since the future of Tunisia’s economy rests in innovative projects, entrepreneurship, the environment and tourism”.

The first edition of these meetings is programmed for January 30, 2020 in Tunis. It will be themed “Inclusive Growth and Human Capital” and will draw collectively 15 to 20 experts to address the prevailing economic and social hurdles confronting Tunisia, the official continued.


On the UNDP side, its Resident Representative in Tunisia, Steve Utterwulghe declared the WB/UNDP initiative is the first of its kind in the MENA region.
It matches into an proposal for better maintenance centred on economic, social and development elements in Tunisia.
They are all in all 12 sessions of EDP, 9 of which will be arranged in 2020 in Tunis and 3 others will be held in the regions, according to an innovative format suited to the emergence of new ideas and forms of consensus.

The objective is to enable national stakeholders to mutually recognise economic and development priorities as well as potential resolutions to the challenges posed.
The organised debates will crown in recommendations to inaugurate and feed into the reflection on possible national socio-economic reforms to be undertaken to secure more reliable entrance to regional development, better employability of young people or wider economic and financial inclusion.


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