According to President Ben Ali, hundreds of thousands of Tunisian youth participated in the government's "Dialogue with Youth" program in 2008, which seeks to include youth voices in policy development. The dialog led to the creation of a "Youth Pact," under which a commission will be established to formulate a national strategy for youth policy. Political participation of young people will be a key area of focus. President Ben Ali states,
I am convinced that involving youth in making decisions and in conceiving and formulating policy can only deepen their sense of responsibility.
Ben Ali: We have managed to accomplish a number of significant achievements in Tunisia