German Foundation For International Legal Co-operation announces opening of regional office in Tunis | Tunisia News Gazette

German Foundation For International Legal Co-operation announces opening of regional office in Tunis

The German Foundation for International Legal Co-operation (IRZ), on Wednesday, announced the opening of its regional office for North Africa in Tunis.

The establishment of IRZ’s second permanent office abroad and first regional office in the Arab World reflects the importance the German Government places on international co-operation with countries of North Africa, IRZ Chief Executive, Veronica KELLER-ENGELS said at a ceremony organised Tuesday in Tunis to announce the opening of the regional office.

According to her, this reflects the German government’s outstanding will to develop its activities and to multiply its partners in the region in order to start a longer and more fruitful co-operation.

Choosing Tunisia is a tribute to its role in initiating the changes that occurred in several Arab Countries. From this office, IRZ will work on building agreements with the different concerned partners and achieving projects on the spot, Christian Lange, German Parliamentary State Secretary told TAP.

She added that Tunisia will be the hub of IRZ activities in North Africa.

IRZ has already organised continuous training workshops for relevant structures of the Ministry of Justice along with lawyers and judges.

The foundation aims to provide favourable conditions that encourage the independence of judges and courts, promote justice and guarantee the respect of the law in different countries, said the German Parliamentary State Secretary.

Providing an adequate legislative framework is conducive to promoting foreign investment. The objectives fixed by IRZ concern not only Tunisia but also countries of North Africa, particularly Morocco and Algeria starting from Tunisia. He said.

The opening of this office crowns a whole process of 5 years of collaboration between the Tunisian and German Ministries of Justice, said Slim Mdini, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Justice.

It will help carry out activities related to reforming the judicial and penal systems. Several justice reform programmes were developed with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

The setting up of this regional office in Tunis represents a turning point in the Tunisian-German co-operation, he pointed out.

The 2017/2018 co-operation programme deals with the civil rights, penal rights and international rights.

Several other subjects were reviewed with the German side, including the classification of prisoners, the preparation of their release and the creation of activities in prisons, he added.

Furthermore, choosing Tunisia for the establishment of this office will provide the country with better international visibility on the regional, Arabic and African levels in the field of judicial and justice co-operation.

Founded since 1992, IRZ focuses on developing rule-of-law structures in more than 30 countries, including

Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

Many Tunisian and German government officials, along with representatives of the German diplomacy assisted the ceremony announcing the office opening.

Source: TAP News Agency

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