Tunisia was conspicuous by its absence in the Viva Technology, the European digital show in its fourth edition, held from May 16 to 18, 2019 in Paris Porte de Versailles (France) and where more than 100,000 visitors are expected to discover more than 1,000 start-ups and hear 450 prestigious speakers.
Tunisia could have shined with its new legislation, that we are all proud, the Startup Act. Tunisia could stand out like Morocco, Algeria or all African countries, being present with its National Strategic Plan “Digital Tunisia 2020” which focuses on Tunisian youth and its know-how or simply highlight Tunisian skills and startups. But this is not the case.
Tunisian officials were absent, however the situation is somewhat saved by the participation of a delegation of about fifty Tunisian CEOs and startups. This did not prevent the Tunisians present on the spot from being furious and expressing it via Facebook posts.
This attitude is largely justified when we learn that the French President himself, Emmanuel Macron, has come. Also present were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who travelled from their respective countries.
Tunisia was to take part in this international event and that a stand was reserved in its name.
According to Walid Naffati from THD, “the legal department of the Ministry of Information Technology and Digital Economy forgot to send the stand rental file and contract to the Ministry of Finance and therefore the Central Bank could not release the money to transfer it to Vivatech to book the stand”.