This chapter includes the following articles.
Long viewed as an open economy with a unique geographic position at the centre of the Mediterranean, Tunisia has faced macroeconomic challenges since the 2011 revolution. The country has successfully navigated the difficulties of the post-revolutionary period by capably establishing robust democratic institutions. Furthermore, while issues of corruption and security remain a problem the current administration has displayed determination to address these challenges. The upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections – which are scheduled for late 2019 – are likely to shed new light on the current balance of power. Nevertheless, to ensure stability over the longer term more consistent efforts at economic reform, infrastructure upgrade and the provision of public services is needed. If Tunisia succeeds in ensuring sustainable development it may yet become not only a leader of the democratic process in the region, but also of prosperity as well. This chapter contains interviews with Ferid Belhaj, Vice-President for Middle East and North Africa, World Bank; and Chileshe Kapwepwe, Secretary-General, COMESA.