Oral history interview with Nebil Chemek, 2015


Chemek, Nebil (Interviewee)
Bearman, Peter S., 1956- (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Nebil Chemek, 2015
Nebil Chemek discusses Tunisian politics and his own goals as special assistant to Noomane Fehri, the minister of communication technologies and digital economy in the Habib Essid cabinet. Before the 2010-2011 revolution, Chemek did not participate in national or local politics; he devoted his time to environmental associations and sports teams. Following the revolution, he joined the Progressive D emocratic Party (PDP) and, later, Afek Tounes. He describes the Ministry of Communication Technologies' major goals for 2020, which include digitizing governmental communications and primary and secondary school learning resources, and increasing national Internet access. He examines the trajectory of Afek Tounes, suggesting while Afek Tounes has merged with other parties and separated again in recent years, Chemek maintains that these changes do not reflect political instability. Instead, he is optimistic about Tunisian politics. He believes that the government will continue to move towards transparency and stability, since the country has a tradition of tolerance. He ends with an analysis of challenges that Tunisia faces for the future
Collection Name
Tunisian Transition oral history collection
Arab Spring, 2010-; Revolutions--Tunisia; Information technology--Tunisia; Tunisia Officials and employees; Tunisia Politics and government 2011-; Chemek, Nebil
oral histories
Physical Description
20 pages
Note (Biographical)
Nebil Chemek was assistant to the Tunisian minister of communication technologies and digital economy in the Habib Essid cabinet (2015-2016). In 2014, Nebil Chemek was elected director of Afek Tounes's election campaign. Chemek is a manager in a multi national company specializing in software publishing. He served as regional campaign director during the 2011 elections
Note (Language)
Interviewer's questions are in English and narrator's answers are in French
Interviewed by Peter Bearman on May 20, 2015
Note (Provenance)
Nebil Chemek, Gift, transferred from Columbia Center for Oral History Research 2018
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Collections - General
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