The Strategic Council for the Digital Economy, chaired by the Head of Government, was born out of the Digital Tunisia meeting organized in 2013. This governance structure, which brings together actors from the public and private sectors and civil society, is intended to oversee developing the national strategy for the digital economy and monitoring its implementation, as per online news portal THD.
In an address delivered at the end of the meeting of the Strategic Council of the Digital Economy, the Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, Anouar Maarouf, said that the Digital Development Agency will have the mission of accelerating the implementation of projects that are part of the digital transformation, particularly those related to the digitalization of the Administration and the improvement of the digital infrastructure in the regions.
According to THD, Anouar Maarouf indicated that the Council welcomed the deployment of an integrated National Network of Administration, the granting of nearly forty IoT licenses and the progress of certain other projects, particularly those related to the dynamization of the startup ecosystem in Tunisia.
Anouar Maarouf reminded that it will be possible, from 16 April, to obtain free birth certificates and online business registers and to use the QR Code instead of the certified copies. "The QR Code is currently integrated into pay slips and some university degrees and will be generalized gradually," he noted, as per THD.
The mobile payment will also be effective from April 10 and regardless of the telephone operator or the banking organization users.
In this context, the Strategic Council for the Digital Economy has advocated the creation of a state IS. "This structuring project will play an important role in the management of the state's financial resources," said the ICT minister.
According to THD, the Digital Economy Strategic Council stressed the need to accelerate the creation of the fund of funds, a financing and support mechanism dedicated to Tunisian startups.