On 12 November 2012, a delegation of Tunisian officials headed by the Minister of Regional Development Jamel Eddine Gharbi began an official visit to Poland.
The main aim of the visit of Minister Gharbi and his accompanying delegation is to acquaint the guests with Polish experiences in the field of local self-government reform. The agenda includes meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Administration and Digitization, and with representatives of the Joint Commission of Government and Local Self-Government. Other events include meetings with NGOs implementing development projects in Tunisia and seminars conducted by experts from the Ministry of Regional Development, as well as a visit to Torun and Bydgoszcz, during which the delegation will learn about practical solutions on the regional level and hold consultations with local self-government bodies.
Welcoming the Tunisian delegation, MFA Undersecretary of State Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz said that, “Poland is well aware of the fact that Tunisia is in the midst of difficult and deep changes. We therefore wish to share our experiences. We are also ready to tell Tunisians where we went wrong, so that they can learn from our mistakes. We are glad with our close cooperation since 2011, which I hope has been positive for both sides.”
Thanking Poland for the invitation, Minister Jamel Eddine Gharbi underscored that, “Poland's 23-year experience is a source of inspiration for Tunisia and serves as an additional motivation for the Tunis government in implementing deep and structural changes. I hope that the visit will be an occasion to conduct a substantive discussion and engage in contacts with Polish experts. This is already the second visit of representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Republic of Tunisia to Poland. Tunisia appreciates Poland's readiness to share its knowledge and experience.”
The visit of the Tunisian delegation is part of the broader programme of cooperation between Poland and countries in transition. The cooperation focuses on supporting systemic change and democracy building in North African partner countries.