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Adopting the Corporate Governance Referential on the Sectoral Level (TN0032)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Tunisia Second National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry in charge of Civil Service, Governance and Fight against Corruption

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Private Sector, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Tunisia End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Tunisia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Adopting the corporate governance referential on the sectoral level

IRM Midterm Status Summary

12. Adopt the corporate governance referential on the sectorial level

Commitment Text:

After the drafting of the national reference for corporate governance “RNG” during the period of implementation of the first national OGP action plan, this aims to establish the principles and mechanisms of governance, in both public and private sectors. The work will be focused on instituting this national reference on a certain number of public and private institutions.

Milestones:

  • Organizing a training for trainers (10), auditors (10) and assistants (10) in the field of technical assistance in accordance with national reference for corporate governance,
  • Establishing the national reference for corporate governance on publicly owned companies and a private enterprise.

Responsible institution: Presidency of the Government

Supporting institution(s):

Start date: June 2016        End date: July 2018

Context and Objectives

This commitment builds on the previous action plan which introduced a repository of corporate governance and resulted in the development of a guide on ethics-based practices to prevent corruption. As reported in the end of term report of the first action plan it was unclear how widely the repository had been used.

The commitment promises to train auditors and accountants and to have state-owned enterprises use the national reference on corporate governance. However, the commitment does not specify intended policy changes or results, therefore its specificity is low. This commitment does not contain any element that would advance any of the OGP values of access to information, citizen participation or public accountability. Additionally, the CSOs that are part of the OGP steering committee  have questioned the reasoning behind charging 30TND (15 USD) for the corporate governance guide. This does not represent a substantial income for the National Institute for Standardization and Industrial Property (Institut National de la Normalisation et de la Propriété Industrielle- INOPRI)

and discourages use of the guide.

Completion

This commitment completion is limited. The government self-assessment report mentions that some trainings were conducted but does not specify the number of participants. The report also mentions that some agencies requested the implementation of the reference, but none were selected until now.

Next Steps

The IRM researcher recommends to not carry forward this commitment in the next action plan.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

12. Adopting the corporate governance referential on the sectorial level

Commitment Text:

After the drafting of the national reference for corporate governance “RNG” during the period of implementation of the first national OGP action plan, this aims to establish the principles and mechanisms of governance, in both public and private sectors. The work will be focused on instituting this national reference on a certain number of public and private institutions.

Milestones:

  • Organizing a training for trainers (10), auditors (10) and assistants (10) in the field of technical assistance in accordance with national reference for corporate governance,
  • Establishing the national reference for corporate governance on publicly owned companies and a private enterprise.

Responsible institution: Presidency of the Government

Start date: June 2016 End date: July 2018

Editorial Note: This is an abbreviated version of the commitment text. For the full commitment text from the Tunisia National Action Plan, see here.

Commitment Aim:

This commitment has the same theme as Commitment 6 in the previous action plan. While in the previous action it aimed to establish the national corporate governance repository, the commitment in the 2016-2018 action plan has focused on the establishment of the principles and mechanisms of corporate governance, both in public and private sector. The Presidency of the Government included this commitment as a second phase that would build on the foundations of the previous one. The commitment resulted in the development of a guide on ethics-based practices to prevent corruption. As reported in the end-of-term report of the first action plan it was unclear how widely the repository had been taken up and used.

Status

Midterm: Limited

The implementation of the commitment during midterm assessment was limited. The government midterm self-assessment report mentions that some government agencies requested to adopt a reference, but none were granted. [57] [58] The midterm report also mentions that several training courses were designed, but the IRM researcher could not assess if they were conducted during this time.

End of term: Limited

The government End-of-Term self-assessment report mentions that three training courses were conducted. [59]An interview with Walid Fehri from the Presidency of the Government confirmed that no further action was carried out since the midterm. [60] The status of the commitment during the end-of-term assessment remains limited.

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Did Not Change

Civic Participation: Did Not Change

Public Accountability: Did Not Change

The commitment is internal-facing and was assessed by IRM as not relevant to OGP values. Additionally, due to the limited completion during implementation this commitment did not change government practice of openness.

Carried Forward?

This commitment was not carried forward.

[57] Government of Tunisia, Tunisia Mid-Term Self Assessment 2016-2018, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/tunisia-mid-term-self-assessment-2016-2018/
[59] Government of Tunisia, End of Term Self-Assessment-Arabic, http://www.ogptunisie.gov.tn/en/?p=1154
[60] Interview with Walid Fehdi, Presidency of the Government, in person, Tunis, April 2019.

Commitments

  1. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Access to Information

  2. Open Data Framework

    TN0037, 2018, Access to Information

  3. Access to Geographic Information

    TN0038, 2018, Access to Information

  4. Open Transport Data

    TN0039, 2018, Access to Information

  5. Improve Water Resource Governance

    TN0040, 2018, E-Government

  6. Join EITI

    TN0041, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Open Contracting in Hydrocarbons

    TN0042, 2018, Access to Information

  8. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  9. Participatory Budgeting

    TN0044, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  10. Youth Participation

    TN0045, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  11. Implement Initiatives to Apply the OGP at the Local Level

    TN0046, 2018, E-Government

  12. Online Administrative Services

    TN0047, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Access to Civil Service

    TN0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative "EITI"

    TN0021, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  15. Modernizing the Regulatory Framework to Enforce The Right To Access to Information

    TN0022, 2016, Access to Information

  16. The Completion of the Legal and Regulatory Framework of Open Data at the National Level

    TN0023, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Improve the Transparency and Local Gov Openness

    TN0024, 2016, Access to Information

  18. Enhance the Transparency in the Cultural Sector : “Open Culture”

    TN0025, 2016, Access to Information

  19. Enhance the Transparency in the Environment and Sustainable Development Sector

    TN0026, 2016, Access to Information

  20. Enhancing Transparency in the Transport Sector

    TN0027, 2016, Access to Information

  21. Promoting Financial and Fiscal Transparency

    TN0028, 2016, Fiscal Openness

  22. Elaborating a Legal Framework for Citizen’S Petitions

    TN0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Developing an Integrated Electronic Civil Petition and Corruption Reporting Platform

    TN0030, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  24. Developing New Mechanisms to Promote Interaction with the Youth and Enable Them to Pursue Dialogue About Public Policies

    TN0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Adopting the Corporate Governance Referential on the Sectoral Level

    TN0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Developing Mobile Applications Which Could Be Downloaded on the Mobile Phone to Reinforce Transparency of Government Activities and Participatory Approach

    TN0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Enhancing Access to the Archive

    TN0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. The Development of an Electronic Mechanism to Ensure Transparency of Public Servants Recruitment

    TN0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. Strengthening Legal Framework for Corruption Fight

    TN0001, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  30. Developing an Integrated Electronic Civil Petition and Corruption Reporting Platform

    TN0002, 2014, E-Government

  31. Publishing an Annual Report on Audit Activities in Public Sector

    TN0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  32. Review of the Legal Framework of Personal Data Protection and Ensuring Conformity with Article 24 of Tunisian Constitution

    TN0004, 2014, Access to Information

  33. Developing an Open Data Portal

    TN0005, 2014, Access to Information

  34. Preparing a National Corporate Governance Repository

    TN0006, 2014, E-Government

  35. Establishing a Legal Framework That Regulates Communication and Interaction Within Public Sector and Between Public Structures and Citizens with Usage of ICT

    TN0007, 2014, E-Government

  36. Simplifying Administrative Procedures

    TN0008, 2014, E-Government

  37. Develop a Number of Administrative Services On-Line

    TN0009, 2014, E-Government

  38. Enhancing People Participation in the Decision-Making Process

    TN0010, 2014, E-Government

  39. Capacity-Building of Civil Servants and Citizens in the Area of Open Governance

    TN0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  40. Creation of a Structure Specialized in Training in the Governance Area

    TN0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  41. Publication of Budget Reports

    TN0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  42. Development of the Open Budget System

    TN0014, 2014, Fiscal Openness

  43. Use of the Data Extracted from the Application Dedicated to Budget Management (Adeb) in Public Sector

    TN0015, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  44. Publication of Reports Related to Attribution and Execution of Public Procurement and Audit Results

    TN0016, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  45. Publication of Recommandations Included in Audit Reports of Public Procurement

    TN0017, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  46. Development of an "Open Data" Platform Dedicated to Information Dealing with Oil and Mine Sector Investment

    TN0018, 2014, Access to Information

  47. Improve Transparency in the Area of Infrastructure Projects

    TN0019, 2014, Access to Information

  48. Devoting Transparency in the Environment Field

    TN0020, 2014, Access to Information

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