Ambassador Blome’s Remarks  at Launch of Tunisia OECD Competition Assessment Report

Ambassador Blome’s Remarks  at Launch of Tunisia OECD Competition Assessment Report Tunis, September 18, 2019 Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!  Sabaah – El – Kheer! It is a pleasure to be with you this morning at the launch of the OECD Competition Assessment Review for Tunisia. I would like to extend my gratitude to Minister …

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Assistant Administrator Harvey Visits USAID Tunisia Mission

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MEDIA NOTE  Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Tunisia  U.S. SIGNS LANDMARK AGREEMENT WORTH UP TO ONE BILLION DINARS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF TUNISIA August 28, 2019 The U.S. Government’s development agency, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a landmark five-year …

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USAID’s DEMT Mobilizes Rural Women for Tunisia’s Municipal Elections

Women in Tunisia, particularly rural women, face a number of challenges to civic and political participation. According to the National Institute of Statistics, 65 percent of Tunisian women living in rural areas drop out of school at an early age, contributing to an illiteracy rate of over 30 percent within this population. Illiteracy, along with …

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USAID Supports Tunisian Fashion Industry Through Digital Marketing

Abaya – a robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women – is typically imported by Tunisia from the Middle East. While researching online, Sabrine Hammami realized that she could match the price of these suppliers but offer better quality and customized designs. Through paid advertising on social media, Sabrine was already raising awareness of her …

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Visit of a Professional American Basketball League delegation in honor of Tunisian international NBA player Salah Mejri in Douar Hicher

August 2, 2019 – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Tunisia organized a visit of Tunisian international basketball player Salah Mejri to the Douar Hicher indoor sports hall to meet and support a group of youth and associations active in sports from the regions of Douar Hicher, Sousse and Jendouba. This visit was organized …

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Mareth Municipal Council Integrates Disability Inclusion in Service Delivery

The municipal council of Mareth is the first newly elected council to receive training on the inclusion of people with disabilities in local affairs, and the mainstreaming of disability access in municipal projects. With the support of TADAEEM’s grants program, the “Association Culture Alternative,” in partnership with Mareth Municipality, works on facilitating the involvement of …

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TADAEEM Hosts Mayors and Municipal Representatives to Share Lessons Learned and Ideas for Improvement

April 23, 2019 Working with 33 municipalities nationwide, the Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) project has prioritized services in 31 municipalities and implemented data collection in approximately half. Most partner municipalities chose to focus on solid waste management, public lighting or roads.   TADAEEM held its first regional workshops in Mahdia on April …

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Ambassador Blome Delivers Remarks at FATCA Signing Ceremony

Minister Chalghoum, I want to thank the Tunisian government, your colleagues here at the Ministry of Finance, and you personally for your assistance in finalizing this important agreement between our two countries.  I am delighted to be here today to sign the agreement on behalf of my government.  I look forward to seeing it entered …

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Ambassador Blome’s Trip to Kebili and Tozeur

On April 16-18, 2019, Ambassador Blome visited Tozeur and Kibili, which he identified as important regions to demonstrate U.S. economic development and diplomacy support.  On the trip, he visited a number of beneficiaries of U.S. assistance, including the Kibili Municipality, a date farm, and a public school.  He also spoke to citizens of the region …

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Job Fair for the Northwest

Hope in the forecast: Connecting Youth to Job Opportunities! USAID Tunisia JOBS and the University of Jendouba 4C (Center for Career Development and Certification) organized a Job Fair for the Northwest on April 4th in Jendouba. Economic activity in Jendouba is geographically spread out. Job seekers have a difficult time finding opportunities that are available, …

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El Mansoura Celebrates the Transformation of Informal Dumpsite to Local Park

Kebili residents of different ages, genders, and backgrounds celebrated the inauguration of El Mansoura park on March 10. Until recently, the park was an informal dumpsite but was transformed into a public green space by a group of volunteers from Kebili Municipality, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and regular citizens. Now children and families have a …

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USAID’s Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) Supports the Ministry of Finance capacity to use data for analysis of proposed fiscal reforms

FIRST trains the General Direction for Resources and Equilibrium (DGRE) in using the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. FIRST project is supporting the Tunisian Ministry of Finance (MoF) in enhancing its capacity to develop and deliver tax policy and other fiscal reforms. As such, the project has been training the MoF’s DGRE staff in using …

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USAID Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) Supports the Ministry of Finance in Modernizing its Tax Admimnistration

USAID’S FISCAL REFORM FOR A STRONG TUNISIA (FIRST) supports the Ministry of Finance (MOf) in MODERNIZING ITS TAX ADMINISTRATION FIRST is providing support to the CIMF in its efforts to build an integrated tax information and payment collection system, thus enabling the rollout of e-services to improve the efficiency and transparency of tax administration and …

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Women Entrepreneurs Forum

USAID and Tunisia JOBS organized the “Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum” on Wednes- day, March 6, 2019. The Forum celebrated In- ternational Women’s Rights Day, with the Min- ister of Vocational Training and Employment, His Excellency the United States Ambassador to Tunisia, the USAID Mission Director, and the Tunisia JOBS Chief of Party in attendance. The event …

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Ambassador Speech at the Closing Event of the USAID Program “Sharekna”

Good morning and Welcome to everyone صباح الخير ومرحبا بكم جميعا I am very pleased to be here today.  As you all know, I am pretty new around here/I have just started working in Tunis, but I’ve already heard quite a bit lot about the Sharekna project.  I’m very grateful for the opportunity to see …

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Ambassador Remarks at the Women Entrepreneurship Forum

Ambassador Remarks at the Women Entrepreneurship Forum March 6, 2019 at the Movenpick Hotel in Gammarth Minister Ounissi, distinguished and honored guests, good morning. It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate your success. صباحَ الْخير السيّدة سيّدة الونيسي وزيرةْ التَكْوِين المِهْنِي والتَّشْغِيل؛ حَضَرَات الضُّيوف الْكِرام؛ سعيدٌ أنْ أَكُونَ بَيْنَكم اليوم لِلْاِحْتِفال …

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Tunisia Kicks off its National Waste Management Strategy with TADAEEM’s Assistance

The USAID Funded TADAEEM project supported Tunisia’s national strategy launch on construction waste management by providing support to the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment (MALE) and partner municipalities during the Megara international conference held in Tunis on October 25-26, 2018. The Megara conference drew a large group representing Tunisian, other African and European municipalities. …

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Young people in El Kef engage in sports and cultural activities, and explore the great outdoors

Between March and May 2017, thirty Youth Mappers* from El Kef spoke with 525 other young people about their challenges, their needs, and the opportunities for them in their community. These conversations highlighted local youth’s awareness of their marginalized situation and lack of available opportunities for them to participate in sports and cultural activities. To …

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Youth in Sidi Bouzid Are a Force for Change in Their Community

One Youth Mapper’s experience highlights how the USAID-funded Sharekna Project is working with young people and communities in Tunisia. Sodki, a job-seeking graduate from Souk Jedid, joined the USAID-funded Sharekna project as a Youth Mapper* in January 2018. He had seen the opportunity posted by local partner – Association des Ressources Naturelles et de Développement …

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Young People in Cité Ettadhamen Engage in Sports and develop Big Dreams for the Future

During Sharekna’s Community Youth Mapping process, a youth-led data collection and analysis process, young people from Cité Ettadhamen shared that they felt frustrated due to a lack of opportunities in their community, especially related to sports. Those activities that were available lacked basic materials and infrastructure, which resulted in a lack of commitment in young …

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Blind and Deaf Citizens Gain Access to Municipal Information for the First Time

There are over 240,000 persons in Tunisia with disabilities. In 2008, Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, requiring the State to provide public information in accessible formats. However, TADAEEM’s Annual Investment Plan (PAI) municipal awareness campaigns were not reaching all Tunisians until the implementation of two groundbreaking initiatives. The project …

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Motivated Municipal Staff Become Waste Management Change Agents

Mr. Mongi Khaldi is the official in charge of the municipal park in Kebili. He had been looking forward to retirement, now he is excited to be part of the team working to improve solid waste management in his municipality. Mr. Khaldi first encountered the TADAEEM project during the municipal staff training in May 2018, …

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TADAEEM Grants Promote Inclusive Local Government Decision-Making

Two local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were awarded grants to promote the inclusion of marginalized groups in the decision-making process in four municipalities. The CSO Tounissiet will implement a 12-month project to support women’s political participation at local levels. Tounissiyet will mobilize communities in the municipalities of Gabes, Mareth, and Ghannouche to advocate for the …

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Municipalities Vote to Adopt Service Delivery Improvement Programs

Nine municipalities have adopted the Service Delivery Improvement Programs (SDIPs) developed by TADAEEM experts in consultation with the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment. The SDIPs identify problem areas and a set of recommended interventions to address identified issues. TADAEEM carried out diagnostics in four domains for each prioritized service touching upon national policies, back …

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USAID Mashrou3i Success Story from Medenine– Slim ESSID – Spiruline BioMed

Entering professional life for Slim Essid has not been easy. After graduating from high school in Economics and Management in 2003, he started studying at the Rades Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) which he gave up to become a seller of handicrafts in the city of Medenine. In 2007, he embarked on other professional …

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USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Rym BELGUEYED – Eco Palme

Gabes, in Southern Tunisia, is a region renowned for its traditional production of dates. Rym Belgueyed, saw an opportunity in turning the waste from these date palm plantations into a blooming business. Before coming up with the idea for Eco Palm, Rym had experienced something many successful entrepreneurs have experienced: failure. After studying Chemistry, she launched an essential oils extraction business which …

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USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Imane is Making her Mark on Tunisia’s Booming Handicrafts Sector!

USAID Mashrou3i Success Story – Imane is making her mark on Tunisia’s booming handicrafts sector! Inside a small warehouse in Ben Guerdane, a coastal town near the Libyan border, Imane Sayari is busy sorting an array of brightly colored pottery bowls and cups. The young entrepreneur who launched her handicraft business, Tendance Céramique, in 2017 …

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Tataouine: Abdelmagid RAKAZ – Plasta

Abdelmagid Rakkaz has just moved his plastic pipe business, Plasta, into a workshop on the outskirts of Tataouine. He proudly unrolls the new stock of plastic piping and carefully prepares the winding of the pipes, the centering and finally the labelling before delivering the order to one of his first customers. Abdelmagid enthusiastically reflects on …

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Ambassador’s Remarks on Local Governance and Service Delivery

 AMBASSADOR’S REMARKS AT USAID – TADAEEM PROJECT CONFERENCE ON LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND SERVICE DELIVERY   Good morning, Minister Riadh al Mouakhar, Governors, mayors, and ladies and gentlemen, صباح الخير سيدي الوزير رياض المؤخر، السادة الوُلّاة، ورؤساء ورئيسات البلديات، السيدات والسادة، Thank you all for attending this important event to advance local government’s direct connection to …

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Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian

Imen Hamdi – Veterinarian KAIROUAN On a farm in Abida, in the region of Kairouan, there is an air of hopeful anticipation. Imen Hamdi, a young veterinarian, is calmly tending a cow in a stall which is about to give birth. Imen’s livestock veterinary services are greatly appreciated in the region and many farmers will …

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Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market

Mashrou3i Helps Five Young Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Solar Power Market and Transform Competition Into Cooperation KAIROUAN As the sun beats down brightly in Kairouan, you can see Tunisia’s huge potential for solar power. To expand the country’s renewable energy capacity, the Tunisian government is investing heavily in the sector. Many farmers have already received …

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Mashrou3i in Gabes – Mohamed Ibrahim, IDROLOG

Locating and exploring groundwater resources for irrigation and household use is a complex process, but 34 year old Mohamed from Gabes has turned this into a successful business. At 34 years old and despite the difficulties he has encountered, Mohamed Ibrahim successfully launched “IDROLOG”, a company specialized in coring and hydraulic prospecting that employs 4 …

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Mashrou3i in Gafsa – Ismael ZAYED:  Ben Zayed farm

At 27, Ismael Zayed has already established his reputation as a farmer in Gafsa, a region in central Tunisia where farming is a family tradition handed down from generation to generation. After graduating in Experimental Sciences in 2009 and Applied Geomatics in 2012, it would have been a natural next step for Ismael to move …

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Mashrou3i in Kebili – Feriel Touiti, Manager of the Business Center

Mashrou3i, a project implemented by UNIDO with support from USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation, works with partners in each of the project’s 14 target regions. In Kebili, in the South of Tunisia, Mashrou3i works together with the region’s Business Center to raise awareness of the project among aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. The …

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Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Amina Zaoui – “NINA BIO, Natural Cosmetics”

In 2017 at 29 years old, Amina Zaoui launched an artisanal soap and natural cosmetics business in Tozeur. After graduating in Medical Bio-technology in 2014, Amina chose to start her professional journey working in an agricultural project design office as a personal assistant. This experience enabled her to forge basics in entrepreneurship but remained far …

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Mashrou3i in Tozeur – Abdelhamid Baira Packaging unit, Digital and Offset printing

At only 27 years old, Abdelhamid Baira launched a packaging production unit and a digital and offset printing service in his hometown of Tozeur. In 2013, Abdelhamid gained a Businesses Administration and Management degree in Tozeur and then decided to move to Tunis to strengthen his skills. The same year, he started a Master’s degree …

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Tunisian Ministry of Finance Announces the Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia Project

PRESS RELEASE : Joint Program: Ministry Of Finance / United States Agency For International Development (USAID) TUNIS, March 9, 2018 As part of the Ministry of Finance’s efforts to develop and modernize its tax administration system, an event was organized to announce the launching of the three-year- joint project between the Ministry and USAID. This project aims at …

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Ministry of Finance Trains Accountants on Electronic Tax Filing System “Téléliquidation”

The Ministry of Finance recognizes the importance of facilitating the process of filing taxes for medium and small companies in a fast, transparent and efficient manner through promoting the use of Electronic Tax Filing “Téléliquidation” nationwide. Accordingly, the Ministry of Finance, with support from the USAID-funded Fiscal Reform for a Strong Tunisia (FIRST) project, is conducting …

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Ministry of Finance Trains Officials on Diagnosing And Assessing of Tax Administration System

In its efforts to put in place a transparent, fair and inclusive tax administration system, the Ministry of Finance, with support from the USAID-funded Fiscal Reform For A Strong Tunisia (FIRST) project, led a training on March 5th and 6th, 2018 on the implementation of a Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT), which is a …

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Mashrou3i in Medenine – Slim Essid, Spiruline BioMed

Entering professional life for Slim Essid has not been easy. After graduating from high school in Economics and Management in 2003, he started studying at the Rades Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) which he gave up to become a seller of handicrafts in the city of Medenine. In 2007, he embarked on other professional projects. 5 years of instability followed during which …

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Mashrou3i in Sidi Bouzid – Raja Hamdi, Managing Director of Business Center

Located in the central west of Tunisia, Sidi Bouzid is a region with a productive agricultural sector, but despite its wealth, employment opportunities for young people in industry and services remain very limited, especially for women. Raja Hamdi became the Managing Director of the Sidi Bouzid Business Center in 2014. The organization is focused on entrepreneurship development and sustainability through assistance and …

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Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Ines Mohdhi, PROSERVICES

At 37 years old, Ines Mohdhi launched her own business in 2017, a service unit dedicated to the cleaning and environmental management of Kairouan, which eventually will contribute to the creation of 8 permanent jobs. After graduating from high school, Ines got married and started a family. Alongside raising her children, she continued her studies in Kairouan and obtained a Master’s Degree …

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Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Ibticem Boujezza, Hairdressing & Beauty Salon Boujezza

Despite not having the chance to finish high school, Ibticem Boujezza is a very ambitious 32-year-old woman who has been active in civil society for many years. Through her involvement in women’s rights associations, she learned to assert herself and developed skills in handicraft, marketing, hairdressing and beauty. Today, Ibticem is proud to have launched her own hairdressing and beauty salon in …

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Mashrou3i in Kairouan – Anis Hamrouni Joined the UNIDO Entrepreneurship Program

Anis Hamrouni is the Director of Studies and Internships at the Institute for Higher Technological Studies (ISET) in Kairouan. Due to his personal enthusiasm and interest in the Mashrou3i project, ISET Kairouan became the first and largest academic partner to join the entrepreneurship program implemented by UNIDO and funded by USAID, the Italian Cooperation and the HP Foundation. “My experience with Mashrou3i …

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Signature of Memorandum of Implementation for cooperation and coordination of the TADAEEM Project

On February 8, 2018, the USAID funded Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities (TADAEEM) Project and the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment (MALE) signed a Memorandum of Implementation for cooperation and coordination of activities in the framework of the TADAEEM Project. This Memorandum supports the decentralization process and aims to improve the quality of …

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Tunisian Civil Society Organizations Announce Their Municipal Elections Observation Projects

TUNIS (Tuesday, July 18, 2017) – As part of its program to support the monitoring of domestic election efforts in Tunisia, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), along with its six partner associations, officially launched today six projects aimed at observing the different aspects of the municipal elections process. Chahed Observatory, Youth Without Borders (JSF), Ofiya …

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Mashrou3i in Medenine: Abbes of 3DPROTOKSI

Abbes Ksiksi graduated as a mechanical engineer from the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT) when he was 23 years old. In 2015, after a few years working for multinational manufacturers of motors for roller shutters and car wiring, he was ready for a new challenge and resigned to devote himself to the field he …

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Mashrou3i in Sidi Bouzid – Zina of Arjouan Entreprise

In 2015, Zina launched her small business, “Arjouan”, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) engraving and cutting workshop that offers customized decoration articles and tailor-made furniture to its customers. Based in the city center of Sidi Bouzid, Zina produces numerous items for local people and wholesalers and wishes to develop her market outside the governorate, in …

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BRCP collaborating with Shams Technology in Kairouan to hire new recruits

Shams Technology was created in 2013 and manufactures photovoltaic solar panels in the underdeveloped governate of Kairouan. Shams invested in cutting-edge assembly lines, however the company soon realized they were unable to find and recruit a qualified workforce. “Hiring isn’t an easy process,” explained Medji Kilani, CEO of Shams Technology, “It is complicated. As a …

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BRCP and Leoni company collaborating to hire new recruits

Leoni is a wiring system and cable technology company located in Messaadine, Sousse. Leoni originally approached BRCP for recruitment assistance. “We’re planning to hire around a hundred people with the collaboration of BRCP. We approached BRCP to help us organize recruitment in the regions, in the South, the North, and even here in Sousse,” explained …

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BRCP helping women in Kasserine to get a job in handicraft production

Lyemna Lassouadi has worked in the handicraft sector for more than twenty years. She is from the underdeveloped Kasserine governorate, an area suffering from high levels of unemployment, especially among women. “First I started working in my house,” said Lyemna, “I made some special things that were unique. So, I had this idea to make …

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BRCP and 4C at ISET Gabes collaborating to foster employability for students and recent graduates

Abir Mansouri graduated from the Higher Institute of Technology of Gabes (ISET Gabes) in June, 2015 with a major in financial accounting. She is one of many students who have benefited from the 4Cs, created and supported by the Business Reform and Competitiveness Project (BRCP). In partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific …

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BRCP helping La Badira Hotel training and hiring 43 new employees

Founded in 2015, La Badira is a luxury hotel offering the highest quality of service. As Tunisia’s tourism industry plunged into crisis following the terrorist attacks in 2015, many hotels in the Hammamet region where La Badira is located, closed their doors. La Badira management made the decision to stay open year-round, targeting local customers …

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BRCP collaborating with Jamotex company in Kasserine to hire skilled workers and improve productivity

Jamotex is a textile company created in 2013 in the underdeveloped region of Kasserine, in West Central Tunisia. “Initially, the idea was mine,” says Mohamed Mnasri, “My wife has a university degree, so we were able to get a loan and we started to work together.” Jamotex worked as a subcontractor for a single apparel …

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BRCP collaborating with Sicad Coala in Sidi Bouzid to improve productivity and hire new recruits

Founded in 1985 in the governorate of Sidi Bouzid, Sicad Coala manufactures heating, ventilation and air conditioning products. In addition to local markets, the company targets regional export markets in Algeria and Libya, where it faces strong competition. BRCP and Sicad Coala jointly designed a technical collaboration effort to help the company improve productivity while …

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BRCP working with Handicraft companies in Kasserine to train and hire local women

Limam Hermassi founded his small handicraft company over ten years ago, in the Feriana region in the economically disadvantaged Kasserine governorate. His specialty is Berber carpets, and Mr Hermassi is passionate about his work. “We make artisan products,” he said, “the word ‘art’ is already there. Handmade crafts need patience and love. We should love what …

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Mashrou3i in Tataouine – Achref of Hasna Petrolum Services

Achref is originally from Tataouine, but moved to Tunis to study Electromechanical Engineering. After graduating in 2009 he worked in the private sector in the capital city. In 2012, he returned to his hometown and began to work on a feasibility study for ‘Hasna Petrolum Services’ with a focus on the treatment of drilling mud …

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Mashrou3i in Gafsa – Zaineb of CarboTech Industry

One of the beneficiaries of this program, Zaineb Ben Belgacem from Gafsa. In early 2017, at only 24 years old, Zaineb launched her first company in Gafsa. “Carbotech” is an ambitious business specialized in coal design and manufacturing, which already provides employment to ten people, including qualified employees for the administration and workers trained in …

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Joint Statement of the U.S-Tunisia Trade and Investment Council

TUNIS, TUNISIA — The United States-Tunisia Trade and Investment Council met on April 21, 2017 in Tunis under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).  Ambassador Mokhtar Chaouachi, Director General for Asia and the Americas in the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted the Council meeting, which is the seventh held since the TIFA …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at Launch of Machrou3i Phase II

As Prepared for Delivery Machrou3i (Phase II) Launch Event Remarks Minister Abdelkafi, Minister Ladhari, Minister Khalbous, Minister Hammami, distinguished guests, good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to be here today to celebrate the launch of Phase II of Machrou3i, or “my project” in Arabic.  First and foremost, I would like to take the opportunity …

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CEED Programs Graduate 16 Young Entrepreneurs

Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein and Mr. Glenn Rogers, USAID-Tunisia Representative, attended a graduation ceremony at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED), a Tunisian NGO that specializes in assisting young entrepreneurs. 16 entrepreneurs graduated from its Go to Market and Grow programs. The ceremony was also attended by several prominent individuals: Mr. Slim Chaker, Minister …

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Ambassador’s Remarks for TAEF-STTGO Signature Ceremony

I am delighted to be here today and I would like to thank our host, Mr. Adel Khalifa, for his warm welcome. Thanks to assistance from USAID and its partners, small and medium- size companies across Tunisia are working to develop and implement ambitious business plans that will attract investment and spark the creation of …

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Ambassador Rubinstein Visits Mahdia

On September 28, 2016, American Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein travelled to Kssour Essaf in Mahdia Governorate to highlight the United States Government’s commitment to supporting inclusive economic growth, competitiveness, and job creation throughout Tunisia. While in Mahdia, the Ambassador attended a ceremony marking the signing of a partnership agreement between the  Tunisian American Enterprise Fund  (TAEF) and the Société Tunisienne de Traitement …

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Senior U.S. Officials Meet with Tunisian Civil Society Ahead of Strategic Dialogue

As the second US-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue got underway in Tunis, senior U.S. and Tunisian government officials met on November 12th with representatives of Tunisian civil society in a dialogue hosted by the NGO Search for Common Ground. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski and USAID Assistant Administrator for the …

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USAID Programs in Tunisia: 35 Years of Partnership for Development

The Information Resource Center organized its second “Meet a Diplomat” event featuring USAID Senior Development Advisor Kay Freeman. A diverse group of researchers, students and professionals came to hear Ms. Freeman discuss 35 years of partnership between Tunisia and USAID. Ms. Freeman traced the history of USAID in Tunisia since the sixties and outlined how …

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Career Development Centers Train Job-seeking Graduates as School Year Ends

As the academic year comes to an end, Career Development Centers (CDCs) supported by the #USAID Tunisia’s Business Reform and Competitiveness Project (BRCP) are undertaking activities to assist graduating students to find jobs. This week the CDCs at Higher Education Technical Institutes (ISETs) in Rades, Zaghouan, and Nabeul held Career Days. Keejob, a major web-based …

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Microsoft Tounes Ta3mal Trainings

If you have ever considered using a Career Development Center (CDC), located in one of nine universities throughout the country, you might be happy to know that its highly trained staff just received a specialized course on using the Microsoft Tounes Ta3mal Website. That means when students visit the center, counselors can work with them …

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USAID “Find Jobs” Project in Jendouba

Assisting the youth of Tunisia to find jobs is an ongoing mission of the USAID Business Reform and Competitiveness project. In addition to the job fairs it has been sponsoring, the USAID project is working closely with Centers for Career Development (CDC) at targeted universities throughout the country. Most recently, the team visited Jendouba University, …

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Radio Show Advice Program “Carriëre”

Do you listen to the radio station Express FM in #Tunisia?  If you are looking for a job, you might find helpful advice through the Express FM radio show “Carriere” (Career).  The USAID Business Reform and Competitiveness Project has teamed up with the daily, 30-minute show to offer listeners information once a week on some …

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USAID Helps Women Launch Their Businesses

USAID’s Business Reform and Competitiveness project (USAID BRCP) provides technical support to small and medium enterprise to facilitate economic growth in Tunisia.  Recently, it worked with ENDA, Tunisia’s largest microenterprise organization, to enable its members to qualify for credit and help with their business needs.  Oftentimes, it is difficult for women to enter the formal …

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Bridge Between Employers and Jobseekers

Tunisia has tremendous competitiveness potential and a well-educated workforce. At the same time it continues to experi-ence high unemployment. The USAID Business Reform & Competitiveness Project in Tunisia is addressing this challenge through a series of job fairs nationwide, connecting workers to potential jobs and creating a bridge between employers and jobseekers. The project provides …

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