Contract for development of industrial and innovation strategy by 2035 inked
11/09/2019 18:36, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- The Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and the Tunisian-Spanish group "IDOM/BID Consulting", signed on Wednesday in Tunis, the contract relating to the development of the industrial and innovation strategy by 2035.

Speaking at a ceremony organised on this occasion, Minister of Industry and SMEs, Selim Feriani recalled that this 9-month project is financed by a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) of about 670 thousand 800 euros.

In concrete terms, this means conducting detailed analyses that can be translated into government programmes over the next 15 years," said the Minister.

He added that the objective is to lay the foundations for a resilient Tunisian industry oriented towards the future and capable of achieving national priorities, namely the revitalisation of the economy, the reduction of unemployment rates and regional disparities.

This project will also assess current industrial policies and the innovation system, in addition to the preparation of comparative studies with five countries; namely Morocco, Chile, Poland, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

The Minister said on this occasion that the first meeting of the steering committee composed of representatives of ministries, public structures and banks was held today at the end of the signing of the contract.

The mission of this committee will be to support the process of implementing this national strategy and to examine the working methodology of the Tunisian-Spanish group.

The contract was signed by Director General of Industrial and Technological Infrastructure at the Ministry of Industry and SMEs, Kamel Oueslati and Director of the group, Iñigo San Emeterio

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