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USAID Tunisia ICT Competitiveness Project

June 2012 – June 2013

The USAID funded Tunisia ICT Competitiveness Project aims to promote the development of the ICT entrepreneurship/SME sector using a three pronged approach to expand employment, develop and link international market opportunities, and create competitive advantages, while improving ICT workforce skills and reducing legal/regulatory constraints.

Task-1: Increase ICT Entrepreneurship and SME Development

  • Increase ICT industry investment competitiveness

  • Partner with key ICT players (anchor firms) to provide enterprise-level technical assistance & training to drive ICT value chain growth

  • Assist SMEs in identifying, developing and penetrating export markets

  • Partner with key financial players to enable SME access to finance & equity investment capital

  • Partner with key ICT players to provide technical assistance & training to small “upstream” (ICT-enabled) firms

  • Promote Tunisia as the preferred hub for investment and export in the MENA & EU regions

Task-2: Growing and Developing the ICT Workforce

  • Assess the ICT skills gap: employer demand and labor market supply

  • Establish public-private partners to quickly develop skills-based training programs

  • Introduce state-of-the-art curricula within selected training institutions that rapidly develop the ICT workforce skills

  • Implement an innovative cash-on-delivery skills training program to drive increased employment based on identified employer recruiting requirements

  • Assist career centers nation-wide to increase their contacts with the private sector and improve their job placement capacity

  • Work with job-matching sites to facilitate improved effectiveness of job matching between graduates and companies

Task-3: Developing ICT Policy and Regulatory Reform

  • Assess the major laws and regulations affecting the ICT sector, including:
    - The telecommunications code
    - Public-private partnerships
    - E-commerce legislation
    - E-governance initiatives
    - Business-registration procedures
    - Mobile-banking norms
    - Investor-protection safeguards
    - Tax, labor, competition, customs, and intellectual
      property laws

  • Identify and prioritize the legal/regulatory constraints impeding ICT investment, growth, exports, and job creation in Tunisia

  • Develop an ICT policy, and a legal and regulatory reform strategy to eliminate the identified constraints on a prioritized basis

  • Provide targeted technical training and institutional consensus-building support to public- and private-sector stakeholders, including the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies.

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