Oral history interview with Lassaad Lachaal, 2015
Lassaad Lachaal has been an expert in knowledge management and capacity development for the African Development Institute since 2010. In 2014, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture in Tunisia's technocratic government. From 2008 to 2010, he was chief training officer at the Multilateral Institute of Africa, a collaboration between the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. From 2005 to 2008, he was senior economist at the African Development Bank. From 1999 to 2005, he directed the Laboratory of Rural Economy at the Tunisian National Institute of Agronomic Research.
Scope and Contents
Lassaad Lachaal narrates his experience of the Tunisian Revolution, and speculates as to why Tunisia did not collapse like Iraq. He describes his recruitment to Mehdi Jomaa's cabinet and Jomaa's expectations. He speaks to the cabinet's team building experiences, which made collaboration across ministries very natural. Lachaal worked with the Minister of Interior to safeguard large infrastructure projects and the Minister of Tourism to draft an ecotourism bill. He helped design a plan that established progressive subsidies that would target the needy. He created the National Agricultural Council to facilitate engagement from civil society on infrastructure projects, among other select initiatives during his brief tenure.
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