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Expert Meeting on Asset Declaration, Conflicts of Interest and Illicit Enrichment
ACIAC - Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries
Tunis - Tunisia
08 - 09 Mar 2016
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Overview
Tunis - Tunisia
On 8-9 March 2016, the  Ministry of Public Function, Governance and Anti-Corruption  in the Republic of Tunisia is organizing an expert meeting in Tunis on “Asset Declaration, Conflicts of Interest and Illicit Enrichment”, with the support of the “United Nations Development Programme” UNDP and in cooperation with the “Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network” ACINET. 

The event is a continuation of the support UNDP has been providing to Tunisia since 2013-2014 to strengthen its anti-corruption legislative framework in accordance with the UN Convention against Corruption UNCAC and national needs. These efforts enabled the development of three bills over the course of a two-year drafting process on asset declaration;  illicit enrichment; and  the protection of whistleblowers of corruption in the public sector; following which the bills were submitted to extensive consultations within the Government and with representatives from civil society. Recommendations that emerged from these consultations were integrated in the three bills, and the aim is to continue to improve the bills in light of recent recommendations. 

More specifically, the experts meeting aims at supporting the intergovernmental steering committee established in 2014 and in charge of strengthening the anti-corruption legislative framework to merge two bills on illicit enrichment and asset declaration and conduct the needed harmonization accordingly; while also integrating provisions related to conflicts of interest, in accordance with the national context and in light of international standards and namely the UN Convention against Corruption UNCAC. The meeting will also enable participants to share their points of view and deepen their knowledge of good practices and lessons learned from related comparative experiences from the region and the world.

Participants to the meeting include the members of the intergovernmental steering committee, as well as other relevant Tunisian stakeholders and namely parliamentarians. The meeting will also be drawing on specialized expertise from within UNDP and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC as well as ACINET.

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Contact
Anthony Abi Saad
Junior Programme Management and Operation Officer
E-mail: Anthony.abi-saad@undp.org
Phone: +961 3 073 298
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Other Information
1.1. Hotel Accommodation

Accommodation will be at Hotel Novotel Tunis. Bed & Breakfast will be covered for the duration of the meeting in addition to nights required by travel constraints. 

Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred during their stay such as mini-bar, alcohol, telephone calls, laundry, business center, spa, etc.

1.2. Extra Meal(s)

Participants can have lunch and/or dinner at the hotel. UNDP will cover the extra meals for up to USD 40.00 per meal. But, please sign the bills in your name and room number. Please NO GROUP SIGNING. Should the value of the meal exceed the mentioned amount, the extra charges will be added to your personal bill. Kindly note that we don’t cover alcohol, tobacco or Shisha.

2. Transportation

UNDP shall provide you with "Meet/Assist & Return Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport" services.
 
3. Facilities

3.1. Fax/ E-mail/Printing

A business center is available at the Hotel for Fax/e-mail and printing of documents.

3.2. Internet

Free wireless connection will be available in both the rooms and the meeting room.

3.3.  Voltage

The voltage in Tunis is 220-240 Volts. The majority outlets accept one type of plug with three rectangular British style pins. If you travel to Tunis with a device that does not accept 220-240 Volts, you will need a voltage converter. Although most laptops are designed for travellers and auto-sense and auto-switch between 110 and 240 volts, participants need to check for this capability before bringing their equipment to Tunis. If a laptop does not have the right plug, you will also need to bring a plug adapter.

3.4. Currency and Exchange Rate

Exchange rate:US$ 1.00 = TND 2.0437



3.5.  Weather

High temperatures in March range from 15°C to 20°C , while night-time temperatures may fall as low as 12°C 



4. Emergency contact numbers:

4.1. Local emergency contacts

• Police 197
• First Aid & Ambulance service: 190 & 198

Details
Tuesday 8 March 2016 

09.00 – 10.30 First Session
  • Objective: Present the general context of the meeting, its objectives and expected results and review the efforts established for the drafting of the bills since 2013, as well as the results of the consultations held on the bills and their current status.           
  • Opening Statements
    1. H.E. Mr. Kamel AYYADI, Minister of Public Function, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Republic of Tunisia
    2. H.E. Mr. Mounir TABET, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Tunisia and UNDP Resident Representative 
  • Presentation: Mr. Arkan EL SEBLANI, Chief Technical Advisor and Manager of UNDP’s Regional Project on Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries (UNDP-ACIAC)

10.30 – 10.45 Break

10.45 – 13.00 Second Session
  • Objective: Present the merged text on asset declaration and illicit enrichment and enable participants to share their related comments with a view to ensuring its harmonization with the two initial bills and reflect the recommendations put forward by the different stakeholders. 
  • Presentation of the bill
  • Round table discussion

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch 

14.00 – 17.00 Third Session 
  • Objective: Present and discuss different possible policy options regarding conflicts of interest in light of international standards and good practices and lessons learned from comparative experiences. 
  • Presentations
  • Round table discussion

Wednesday 9 March 2016

09.00 – 12.30 Fourth Session
  • Objective: Enable participants to review the proposed texts in light of the general policies discussed. 
  • Presentation of the proposed articles
  • Round table discussion

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 Fourth Session (continued)
  • Presentation of the proposed articles
  • Round table discussion 

15.30 – 15.45  Break 

15.45 – 17.30 Fifth Session 
  • Objective: Enable participants to conduct a final reading of the new bill and discuss the next steps. 
  • Presentation of the new bill
  • Round table discussion
  • Closing statement

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