Washington DC – IRI was pleased to welcome five members of Tunisia’s newly-elected parliament to Washington, DC this past week.  During the visit supported by the Institute of Representative Government (IRG), the members of parliament examined approaches to economic reform and deregulation.  The delegation met with members of Congress, U.S. executive branch officials and private sector organizations to gain their perspectives on addressing restraints to economic growth in Tunisia.

Following their activities in Washington, the members of parliament will travel to Colorado to delve into fostering entrepreneurship and business development at the subnational level with state and local government representatives, civil society organizations and a financial institution. 

The participating members of parliament bring experiences from different political and professional backgrounds and represent the Nidaa Tounes, Ennahda and Afek Tounes political parties.  It is IRI’s hope that the diversity of perspectives will generate innovative thinking on Tunisia’s economic policies.

Since establishing an office in Tunisia in 2011, IRI has worked with political parties, members of government and civil society organizations to help develop these institutions as Tunisia transitions to democracy.  Additionally, IRI led international observation missions for Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly elections in 2011 and parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014.


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