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PRESS RELEASE January 29, 2020

First of 12 Economic Policy Dialogue Forums to Foster Solutions to Tunisia’s Challenges

Tunis, January 29, 2020 - The World Bank Group and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Tunisia will launch the first of a series of twelve conferences tomorrow as part of a new partnership called the Economic Policy Dialogue (EPD). The first dialogue forum will focus on the theme of "Human Capital and Inclusive Growth."

The UNDP Tunisia and World Bank signing ceremony to launch the EPD initiative was held on 22 January 2020 in Tunis in order to provide a space for policy-makers and notable thought leaders to have a constructive, inclusive and transparent debate around the current economic and social challenges facing the country.

The monthly meetings of this initiative aim to bring together national and international actors, in Tunis and in the interior regions, to exchange knowledge and ideas with key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the academic and business world, in addition to international development experts.

The 12 EPD sessions will be organized throughout 2020 in order to foster the emergence of new ideas. The objective is to allow national actors to identify economic and development priorities as well as possible solutions to the different challenges.

At the end of every session, recommendations will be made to initiate and reflect on possible national socio-economic reforms to be undertaken. Reforms aim to address better access to regional development, better employability of young people, and greater economic and financial inclusion, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This World Bank/UNDP joint-initiative is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region and specifically aims at providing better support and solutions to economic, social, and development aspects in Tunisia.


Sadok Ayari
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