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2018-01-26

DCAF organizes a workshop in collaboration with the Tunisian National defense institute on a “National Strategy for Developing a Defense Industry in Tunisia”.

DCAF organizes a workshop in collaboration with the Tunisian National defense institute on a “National Strategy for Developing a Defense Industry in Tunisia”.

26.01.2018, Tunis: As part of its ongoing support to the Tunisian ministry of Defense, DCAF, upon the request of the National Defense Institute, held a one-day workshop on a “National Strategy for developing a Defense Industry in Tunisia”.

 

The workshop targeted the National Defense Institute promotion 2017-2018 composed of high ranking defense and security officers as well as senior officials from various departments such as: Justice; Foreign Affairs; Development, investment and international cooperation; and Commerce.

 

The development of a defense industry in post-revolutionary Tunisia has been raised in the draft Tunisian White Paper on defense and security (not yet published). Against the backdrop of serious economic challenges, the militaries are currently initiating a reflection on this topic and exploring the potential of developing a defense industry out of security and economic considerations.

 

During the workshop, participants were exposed to various notions which intended at providing solid and sensible ground for reflection. The promotion was exposed to various exposés on topics as wide as: changes in the armament industry and defense policy; post-Cold War challenges for the ‘small countries’ armaments supply policies; different rationales and characteristics of a strategy aiming to create or strengthen a defense industry; defense procurement and outsourcing dynamics and challenges; preservation of defense integrity in Armament supplies.

 

A transversal subject was the prevention and fight of corruption in defense industry and commerce. Two case studies, i.e. Turkey and Croatia, were presented to complement the theory. The presentation of these two case studies shows that while the Turkish armament experience started from central state and was based on a top-down approach, Croatia relied on a bottom-up approach.

 

The National Defense Institute officials admitted that this workshop represented a “reality check” for them and was seen as highly important.

 

This activity is part of DCAF’s strategic objective to strengthen inclusive dialogue on security needs and policies in Tunisia.

 

DCAF’s contribution to this workshop was financed through DCAF Trust Fund for North Africa (TFNA). The donors are Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Further information on DCAF is available on DCAF website or on DCAF Tunisia website.


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