First pilot centre specialising in digital innovation launched

The digital Tunisia strategy includes objectives related to start-ups through the improvement of the business climate, said Thursday Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, Anouer Mâarouf at the launch of a first pilot digital centre in Tunisia, Africa and the Middle East.

He added that his department is working with the Ministries of Higher Education and Vocational Training and civil society to consolidate the skills of young entrepreneurs and promote the creation of Start-ups.

The Minister indicated that Start-ups need 5 strategic programmes, especially at the programming level, laboratories specialised in creativity and the digital industry and other programmes to strengthen companies by guaranteeing them the necessary funding.

According to him, this technology centre launched at the initiative of the telephone operator “Orange-Tunisia” manages a €50 billion investment fund to support innovative start-ups in the African continent (Financial technology, digital health, energy, digital education and digital governance). This fund targets project promoters and start-up owners.

The project manager Asma Naifer said that the digital company contains many activities, ranging from training and further training in a programming language to supporting and strengthening start-ups.

These spaces will allow students and graduates of higher education or those who have not obtained diplomas, in addition to professionals, to benefit from professional upgrading sessions.

Since its creation in 2010, the centre has managed to train 16,000 young Tunisians by guaranteeing them support in the field of digital technologies. Nearly 1,800 others have benefited from professional retraining internships, 800 middle and high school students have been initiated code and 95% of them have been recruited in Tunisia and abroad.


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