Tunis, Tunisia, March 8, 2016–The
World Bank Group is working with the Tunisian government to simplify cumbersome
business regulations, in an effort to create a business climate more conducive
to investment and growth. Eight ministries are taking part in the project
including the ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Industry, Social Affairs,
Justice, Property and Land Affairs, Commerce, and Transportation.
Launched by IFC, a member of the World
Bank Group, in 2012, the Tunisia Investment Climate Reform Program aims
to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses by eliminating or simplifying
obsolete, vague, or unnecessary procedures and building a modern regulation
system. A conference organized in Tunis today in partnership with IACE
(the Arab Institute of Entrepreneurs) and DGRA (the Administrative Reform
Commission) on “The simplification of administrative procedures: Impact
on the private sector,” presented the program’s latest results.
“To improve the business climate for
both Tunisian and foreign investors, it is critical to simplify administrative
procedures for businesses in Tunisia,” said Antoine Courcelle-Labrousse,
IFC Resident Representative in Tunisia. “IFC is pleased to help Tunisian
authorities with this crucial project.”
Thus far, the program has simplified
or deleted over 290 procedures and formalities, with more reforms expected
soon. Various delays, steps, and costs have been reduced due to automation,
decentralization, and the cancellation of certain authorizations. Reform
priorities and recommendations were based on input received from private
enterprises regarding the most challenging regulation requirements.
Reforms are expected to help thousands
of businesses, leading to private sector savings, increased transparency
and less room for problematic behavior by public officials. This should
in turn enhance the transparency of the process and ease access of firms
to information required to obtain a formality.
Khaled Sellami, DGRA General Manager,
said: “The simplification of administrative procedures governing economic
activities is a pioneering project, which aims to reduce the administrative
workload for businesses.”
This conference is part of a series
of events planned to raise awareness of the reforms, which is integral
to the project’s success. Such wide-ranging reforms are successful only
when the changes trickle down to administrative offices. Rigorous impact
assessments will be conducted in parallel with the awareness raising events,
in order to ensure the effectiveness of the reforms.
This project was made possible with
the support of the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
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