Souk At-tanmia builds capacity of 450 young entrepreneurs, public and civil actors in Tunisia | Tunisia News Gazette

Souk At-tanmia builds capacity of 450 young entrepreneurs, public and civil actors in Tunisia

The Souk At-tanmia partnership launched by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with other partners, organised May 3-June 30, 2017, 42 training workshops across the Tunisian territory for the benefit of 250 youtn entrepreneurs and 200 public and civil actors operating in the entrepreneurship field in Tunisia. The target is to stimulate the spirit of initiative and reinforce the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tunisia.

In order to improve the support services provided to Tunisian entrepreneurs countrywide, Souk At-tanmia’s partnership launched a capacity-building programme for public and civil actors operating in the field of entrepreneurship in Tunisia. This training cycle aims to foster synergies between public institutions and civil society organizations in order to improve the quality of the services offered to Tunisian entrepreneurs.

This training is in line with the orientations of the African Development Bank’s Jobs For Youth in Africa Strategy 2016-2025 (JfYA), which aims to create 25 million jobs and positively impact 50 million youth over the next decade across the continent, said Mohamed El Azizi, Director General of the AfDB’s office for North Africa. Promoting entrepreneurship and creating productive jobs for young people will help improve their living conditions and stimulate the growth of Tunisia and its economic transformation.

Our goal is to deliver a practical and interactive training program while providing the young candidates for Souk At-tanmia’s third edition with entrepreneurial know-how and necessary skills to help them set up their own businesses, stated Lamia Chaffai Sghaier, Executive Director of EFE-Tunisia.

The training has been highly beneficial for pursuing my career as an entrepreneur. Thanks to my trainer’s support and the enriching exchange with other participants, the training helped me to finetune my business idea, validate my business model as well as finalize the technical study of my project, said Aymen Talbi, 28.

Talbi, desires to create InstaDrive, a new platform providing innovative services dedicated to the transport sector. Among the 251 trainees are 201 young people under 35 years of age (80%), 170 unemployed (67.77%) and 107 women (42.63%).

After completing the BYB training, applicants who have submitted their respective business plans, will be evaluated by a committee comprising Souk At-tanmia’s partners through a transparent process according to the competitiveness and quality criteria as defined by Souk At-tanmia’s program. The finalists who have achieved the highest scores in the post-training evaluation will be invited to participate in a three-day boot camp, which will mark the official kick-off of the intensive coaching phase. They will also receive tailored support and assistance for their project during the fundraising phase. They will then be rewarded with funding support through grants, combined with a comprehensive non-financial support to facilitate the launching and development of their business.

Source: TAP News Agency

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