Oral history interview with Hafedh Lamouri, 2015
Hafedh Lamouri has been the chief executive officer of the Tunisian National Social Security Fund since 2011. In 2014, he was appointed Minister of Employment and Vocational Training in Tunisia's technocratic government. From 2004 to 2013, he was president of the Recruitment and Promotion Board of the Ministry of Education. From 1995 to 2001, he directed the continuing education department at National Institute of Labor and Social Studies (INTES) in the Ministry of Social Affairs. From 1995 to 1999, he was professor at the National School of Administration. From 1993 to 1999, he was professor at the Institute of Higher Business Studies. Since 1987, he has been associate professor at INTES. He has also taught at the Higher Institute of Management of Tunis, the Higher Institute of Magistracy, and the Faculty of Law of Sfax.
Scope and Contents
Hafedh Lamouri describes his role in the Tunisian Revolution and immediately thereafter. He narrates his recruitment to the Ministry of Education. He discusses his strategies for reducing unemployment-an issue that he believes triggered the revolution-and why these strategies make sense in the Tunisian context. He contrasts the limited-mandate technocratic government and with a government of political parties. He examines the roots of the revolution, and explains its speed and success. Lamouri compares the Tunisian political, social, and economic situation to that of other Arab countries. He gives some information about his personal background and his interest in political life, and talks briefly about how Tunisia has changed in his lifetime.
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