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Tunisia: Can public-private partnership in ICT go better?

The technological park of El Ghazala hosted , on Tuesday. Works of the first edition of the Technological Days on Information Systems 2009 (JTSI 2009) held under the theme ” Information System: Vector of Value Creation, Performance and Competitiveness of Enterprises,”  

The event is designed to offer a space of exchange and reflection to different economic players concerned by information technologies (decision-makers, managers of information systems in public and private sectors and information technology solution providers.

Lamia Chaffai Sghaier, Secretary of State in charge of Information Technology, Internet and Freeware, reviewed the different indicators recorded by this sector which contributes by 10% to the GDP.

She said that the number of Internet and communication network users is estimated presently at 2.8 millions, adding that the rate of connection to ADSL (broadband connection) has reached 11.1 gigabits/sec.

She also reviewed presidential decisions providing for strengthening digital and information technologies services and developing computer systems in order to boost enterprises’ competitiveness and create jobs. On the agenda of JTSI 2009 are presentations of case studies, panels and workshops. A Web site (www.jtsi2009.tn) has been made available to present the event and define themes to be discussed in the next meetings of JTSI.

According to Fawzi . Zghbib, president of ICT National Federation,   professionalization of ICT has become essential through outsourcing of services, which enabled the entrepreneur to assess the costs of its operations, better than hiring a department as  fixed costs and results are not always guaranteed. He evoked public-private partnership in  services sector which he said remains “very important beyond the conventional context .” The public-private partnership has nevertheless begun to have an impact, adds F. Zaghbib, but “ultimately, we must work together to implement  all the projects and put everyone before their responsibilities.” Representing one of the public companies which managed to integrate computer services into its development plan Gaaloul Adel, CEO of the Tunisian Post proudly pointed out that “The Post, being  however a public administration, was converted into a company which managed to increase its added value services. ” ICT is now 10% of the turnover of the Post administration in ten years, i.e. 180 MDT. According to A. Gaaloul, 30% of the turnover of the Post Office was achieved through the adoption of ICT.


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