Tunisia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

Intercultural dialogue is an integral element of the State cultural policy and an important component of Tunisian cultural diplomacy that appeared in the early 1990s.  Major government programs that support intercultural dialogue are prepared in coordination between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with supervision by the presidency of the Republic. In 1995, the International Conference on tolerance in the Mediterranean was held in Tunisia with the support of UNESCO, and resulted in the adoption of Carthage Charter on tolerance in the Mediterranean. The Tunisian government until 2010 has shown continuous interest in cultural dialogue and cultural diversity themes by constant organizing of several international conferences, where the latest washeld in Kairouan (July 2009), in association with ISESCO, and resulted in the Declaration of Kairouan. The Intercultural dialogue theme is also present in bilateral agreements through youth exchange programs and regional or cross-border programs. Euromed Youth Program (I, II, III and IV)[1], bilateral youth agreements such as with France and Italy or the axis of Cultural dialogue and Local development in EU cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENPI CBCMED)[2] are good examples of regional cooperation in this domain.  The ministry supports indirectly cultural exchanges through grants to cultural associations.

Cross-border cooperation is a new mechanism for regional cooperation in the Euromed sphere. Tunisia is eligible for EU Cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean (ENPI CBCMED), and Ministry of Culture participates in the axis of cultural dialogue and local development. Currently, new projects with Italian partners are funded by this new program and targeted local development through the promotion of heritage and cultural tourism.

Chapter published: 05-05-2015