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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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Executive Summary

In the aftermath of the Revolution of 14 January 2011 and at the request of the Tunisian authorities, the current report assesses the public sector integrity framework in order to illuminate the kinds of measures that need to be implemented. This assessment is mainly based on the 1998 OECD Recommendation on Improving Ethical Conduct in the Public Service and the 2008 OECD Principles for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement, which brings together the best practices and findings from OECD member countries. This report also includes references to the experiences of Middle East and North African (MENA) countries in establishing policies to promote integrity and prevent corruption.

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