Between 14 and 17 April, former President of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk visited Tunisia in his capacity as GFI Board Chair (Global Fairness Initiative, an international non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC).
GFI leadership meetings were focused to the need for extending labor rights and protections into Tunisia's larger informal sector, and creating systems to help facilitate formalization. The discussion was centered around GFI's Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative, an ongoing multi-stakeholder program that has help develop a framework for transitioning Tunisia's informal workforce into the formal economy and strengthen social protections and services, the institutions responsible for them.
President Türk took part in the conference of civil society and met with Hassine Abbasi, President of Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT), Tunisia's largest Trade Union who has contributed significantly to the peaceful transition process in Tunisia and is therefore proposed for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
President Türk also met with the President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki, with the Speaker of Parliament Mustafa Ben Jafar and Ministers of Economy, Social Affairs, Finance and Employment.