MENAPAR Conference: 400 experts and a diverse audience
The second conference of the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MINAPAR) finished its works last Friday, at the Conference Palace in Tunis under the patronage of the Tunisian Prime Minister and in the presence of officials from a number of ministries and public administrations, as well as a large number of civil society organizations.
The conference, which was attended by more than 400 specialists and researchers in all areas of public administration from around the world, was organized by the Institute of Public Administration in Bahrain (BIPA), the Arab Institute for Governance in Tunisia (AGI) and the Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Other major contributors included, the Center for the Development and Support of Decentralization (Tunisia), the Arab Planning Institute (Kuwait), the Institute of Public Administration and Governance (France) and the Jasmine Foundation.
The conference, which was attended by delegations from Arab and foreign countries, led to the adoption of several recommendations, including:
- The development of capacities in the public and private sectors to enable managers to develop direct formulas for innovative projects,
- The exchange of knowledge and experience to develop and monitor public policies
- The conclusion of the reasons of the success and failure in the initiatives and programs based on partnerships
- The development of the appropriate legislation for joint governmental initiatives,
- The development of communication strategies and to create communication channels with the tools and support appropriate
On the fourth and last day of the conference, the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism organized a tour of the historical areas and monuments of the Kairouan, Sousse and Tunis suburb of Sidi BouSaid.
The main contributions of Jasmine Foundation came about in two folds, in the preparations by providing expertise and volunteers and in the execution of the conference by moderating debate sessions especially around the contribution of the civil society and youth in improving public services.