finance & economy

Young entrepreneurs are real asset for sustainable development of Tunisia (EU Ambassador to Tunisia)

March 25, 2021

TAP) - 'Young entrepreneurs are a real asset for the sustainable development of Tunisia,' said Ambassador of the European Union to Tunisia, Marcus Cornaro, during his visit to Sfax from March 18 to 20.

Accompanied by his staff, Marcus Cornaro held talks with the governorate authorities, the private sector and civil society. This visit allowed him to see the potential for employment and the development of youth initiatives in particular, as well as the added value of the partnership with the European Union, according to a statement from the EU delegation in Tunis.

The Ambassador highly appreciated the projects carried out by three young women from Kerkennah.

The first, for the manufacture of cosmetic products from aromatic and medicinal plants.

The second, for the production of wooden handicrafts and the third, for the processing of dairy products.

By financing these projects, the EU is supporting the promotion of local products, local development and, above all, women's entrepreneurship.

Other projects, financed by the EU, and led by young entrepreneurs were also visited.

The diversity and dynamics engaged by these young people show that the strategy of local, sustainable and solidarity development of the island is bearing fruit, the same source said.

The ambassador also met with entrepreneurs working in the collection and sorting of plastic waste. This project, supported by the EU and ANGED, contributes to the clean-up of the island and allows for the recycling of waste by European companies (car manufacturing, water sports equipment or shoes).

The European Union also supports alternative tourism projects that offer professional opportunities to Kerkenian youth. This is the case of the tourist boat project and the cycling tours to discover the island and its coastline, which were also visited by Ambassador Cornaro.

A meeting was also held with Governor, Anis Oueslati, focusing on the challenges of regional development and the European Union's very diverse cooperation in the governorate. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss migration challenges in a spirit of shared responsibility for migration management.

The facilitation of private initiatives with the commitment of all actors should offer new perspectives to young people and contribute to limiting irregular emigration.

During this visit, the Ambassador who reiterated the support of the European Union to the improvement of the business climate and economic governance also visited the extra-virgin oil packaging unit which confirms the relevance of targeting the European market for the development of exports of packaged organic olive oil.

On this occasion, Ambassador Cornaro met with economic operators and UTICA representatives. He reiterated the availability of the EU to resume trade negotiations to allow Tunisia to benefit (following the example of Egypt and Morocco) from more favourable conditions of access to the market and which will allow increasing the incomes of producers.

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