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To celebrate its 20th birthday, the Mediterranean Institute is opening up a new branch in Tunisia




The Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia, founded in April 2014, a joint initiative by the Central Bank of Tunisia and the Mediterranean Institute in Marseille, aims to develop local socio-economic, monetary and financial expertise. After completing a diagnostic review of Tunisia’s economy, the institute will draw up a strategy for rebuilding and developing the economy over the period 2015-2020. This strategy is due to be presented in September in Paris, at the Friends of Tunisia conference.



Chedly Ayari, Executive President of the Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia and Emeritus Professor at the University of Tunis El Manar. (Photo D.R)
Chedly Ayari, Executive President of the Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia and Emeritus Professor at the University of Tunis El Manar. (Photo D.R)
The Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia will enjoy a Southern Mediterranean, regional, even sub-African influence. To complement the work of the Mediterranean Institute in Marseille, its role will be to provide viable alternatives for a resilient and inclusive exit from the current phase of political transition, by contributing to a new dynamic of political and economic reform, by rethinking macroeconomic and sectoral policy”, explains Chedly Ayari, Executive President of the Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia, Governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia and Emeritus Professor at the University of Tunis El Manar.
This new institution will be funded by the Tunisian government, the business community and membership fees. It is sponsored by the Central Bank of Tunisia which contributes to the institute’s research activity with its bank of studies and data. 

“These years will be crucial for the economic and social development of the country"

Professor at the University of Tunis, Sami Mouley has been named as Executive Director General of the Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia. (Photo D.R)
Professor at the University of Tunis, Sami Mouley has been named as Executive Director General of the Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia. (Photo D.R)
Professor at the University of Tunis, Sami Mouley has been named as Executive Director General of the Mediterranean Institute in Tunisia, charged with coordinating the strategy for the rebuilding and development of the Tunisian economy, to be implemented over a five-year period from 2015-2020.

These years will be crucial for the economic and social development of the country. This is the moment for putting in place conditions for a period of growth that will allow Tunisia to avoid the trap of middle-income countries and take the path that leads to becoming a high-income country. It means consolidating the progress already achieved at the same time as developing a new growth model which is more progressive and more inclusive. This strategy must provide the elements that allow these choices to be made. It involves setting up a five-year matrix for rebuilding the economy including a budget and a medium to long-term expenditure framework to be offered to the Tunisian Ministry of the Economy and Finances”, explains Sami Mouley.

There is potential for financial contributions in support of this work from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the French Ministry of the Economy, the Tunisian delegation at the European Union and the World Bank. “An initial phase will involve diagnostic review and priority visions for medium-term structural reform. A second stage will involve the five-year plan for rebuilding and developing the economy, to happen in the period 2015-2010. This plan will detail the levers for change and a new generation of operational reforms designed to establish a new stage of inclusive growth.”


Nathalie Bureau du Colombier, MARSEILLE


Monday, June 23rd 2014



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