"Kaizen" program extended till end of 2020 (JICA)
16/05/2019 13:03, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) to Tunisia decided to extend the program of continuous improvement in productivity and quality "Kaizen” till the end of 2020, said its Resident Representative to Tunisia Toshifumi Egusa.

"The goal is to make Tunisia a pioneer of the approach" Kaizen at the African scale," he pointed out during a meeting Wednesday in Tunis with Minister of Industry and SMEs Slim Feriani.

Over 70 enterprises had been assisted under this program, he specified, indicating that 23 higher education assistant professors and 50 teachers had been trained to integrate the Kaizen approach at the practical and theoretical levels.

He added that the training had also targeted 50 executives of the industrial technical centres, saying that this program, initiated by JICA and the National Quality Program Management Unit at the Ministry of Industry, also brings together Japanese and Tunisian experts working in several sectors such as ready-to-wear, textiles and mechanical and chemical industries (IMC).

Quoted as saying in a press release posted on the industry ministry’s Facebook page, Feriani underlined on this occasion that the national strategy for the development of quality and productivity in the industrial sector aims to improve the strategic positioning to help the enterprise adopt the most advanced technologies.

This year, the "Kaisen Africa Annual Conference" will be organised in Tunisia at the initiative of JICA and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), in collaboration with the Management Unit of the National Quality Program under the Ministry of Industry and SMEs.

It will bring together about 200 participants from African countries, namely, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Algeria and Morocco.

Representatives of international organisations will also take part, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).


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