finance & economy

FAEFA'22: Opportunity to forge new partnerships (Moncef Boukthir)

June 23, 2022

(TAP) - Organised in Tunis on June 21-23, the African Forum on Training, Higher Education and Agricultural Research (FAEFA'22) is an opportunity to forge new partnerships between Tunisian institutions and their counterparts in other African countries, Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Moncef Boukthir said Wednesday.

The minister called on the occasion, for fostering South-South partnership relations to achieve food security, underlining the importance of scientific research in Tunisia.

He also pointed out the need to promote investment in innovation and leadership to encourage the creation of businesses and improve the competitiveness of agricultural products.

Taking the floor, Employment and Vocational Training Minister Nasreddine Ncibi indicated that Tunisia is endeavouring to improve the attractiveness of vocational training in general and agricultural vocational training in particular as a path to success and excellence.

He affirmed in this regard, the department's support for training, innovation, and digitisation of extension services in order to make agricultural vocational training centres more attractive and encourage public-private partnership to improve the employability of vocational training graduates in the agricultural field. Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Mahmoud Elyes Hamza voiced for his part, wish to create an African training centre in intelligent agriculture in Tunisia so that it can be a hub for the development of agriculture in African countries.

The forum is organised at the initiative of the ITAUN – IT African University Network, the Agricultural Extension & Training Agency (AVFA) and the Institution for Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA), on the theme: 'Boosting the Knowledge Continuum and South-South Cooperation for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Development.'

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