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Nearly 1000 business managers expected at 32nd edition of Enterprise Days

Nearly 1,000 business managers, think tank representatives, experts and business and political figures from 14 countries are expected to attend the 32nd edition of the Enterprise Days that will take place on December 8 and 9 in Sousse under the theme: Businesses and Decentralisation: Dynamism and Opportunities.

Speaking at a press conference held on Wednesday, Executive Adviser to the Arab Institute of Business Managers (IACE) Majdi Hassen said in the context of the review of the draft code of local government several issues were discussed, including the electoral mode, governance … but the issue of the economic impact on entrepreneurs, businesses and the economy was not raised or discussed, hence the initiation of a reflection on decentralisation during the 32nd edition of Business Days.

He recalled that these days will be organized around six panels namely “the economic impact of decentralisation: prerequisites and vision”, “decentralisation and the business environment”, “decentralisation, integrity and relations with policies “,” The impact of decentralisation on the tax burden “,” same development for all regions: the case of metropolitan areas and border regions “and” decentralisation and social dialogue “.

He said that the IACE has prepared a critical reading of the code of local authorities from the economic point of view and simulations of the cost of decentralisation on the Tunisian economy, as well as the impact in terms of regional disparities.

He added that besides the presentation of the studies carried out by the IACE in each panel, the IACE will to publish the test results relating to the degree of digitisation of the Tunisian regions, developed in co-operation with Tunisie Telecom and the 3rd edition of the index of regional attractiveness (ranking of regions).

For his part, president of the IACE, Ahmed Bouzguenda said the theme of the days was chosen given the current situation characterised by “the approach of the first local elections”, set by the ISIE for March 25, 2018 and following the survey organised annually after each edition with participants to assess the quality of debate and stakeholders, logistics and the topics they want to discuss during the next edition.

Works will focus on the economic side of decentralisation, by discussing issues related to the experience of countries that have managed this major transformation (decentralization), the administrative impact and the re-organisation of administrative services at regional level, he said.

“We have always lived in centralisation and the transition to a decentralised system will have a significant impact, the comparison with other countries and the exposure of good practices as well as things to avoid will allow starting thinking”, he argued.

He added that decentralisation is not an end in itself but is a path that takes time and whose implementation is gradual and subject to assessments and readjustments.

Decentralisation is a good opportunity for regional development and the lifting of regional disparities and could be an economic lever for the regions since they will decide their destiny, he pointed out.

“During this edition, we will also discuss the business environment, the management of the business environment by the regions, the local taxation that will allow the development of regional and local projects as well as metropolises whose emergence takes place through decentralisation and that are likely to revive the economy, “said Bouzgenda.

This annual meeting will be attended by politicians both Tunisian and foreign, businessmen and economic experts.

Besides the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Deputy Prime Minister of Libya, Ahmed Miiteg, and former French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will attend a debate on decentralisation that will be organised one day before the event in partnership with France 24.

Source: TAP News Agency

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