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OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia

The Public Sector Framework

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This report assesses the integrity framework of the public sector in Tunisia to shed light on the measures that should be put in place. This assessment is based on the 1998 OECD Recommendation on Improving Ethical Conduct in the Public Service and the 2008 OECD Recommendation on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement. This report also includes Middle Eastern and North African countries case studies on the implementation of policies promoting integrity. The proposals for action stemming from this first assessment provide a roadmap for the Tunisian authorities in order to reinforce the integrity framework of the public sector. They include, among others, carrying out detailed diagnoses of the weaknesses in the system to identify priority measures for reform. In addition, the authorities are advised to identify the priority measures  according to the diagnoses developed in cooperation with the stakeholders. Particular emphasis has been given to Public Procurement since this area is especially vulnerable to corruption.

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Enhancing integrity in public procurement: A risk area

Public procurement represents 18% of Tunisia’s GNP and almost 35% of the State’s budget. This area was particularly affected by corruption during the previous regime. The government was therefore forced to react immediately after the Revolution to make the public procurement system more transparent and efficient. A new Decree governing public procurement was adopted on 14 January 2011. This chapter examines the existing mechanisms for enhancing the transparency and integrity of public procurement in Tunisia, and proposes additional measures the Tunisian authorities could consider implementing.

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