The U.S. and Tunisia have launched an initiative to support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, boost trade and promote economic growth.
Developed under the U.S.-Tunisia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, which is led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the initiative, funded and led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will provide training on the U.S. small business development center model in Tunisia and provide technical assistance to the owners and employees of SMEs to establish external trade opportunities in the region and internationally. Using online platforms and partnerships, its aim is to help create more opportunities for trade between American and Tunisian small businesses.
Mokhtar Chaouachi, the Tunisian ambassador to the U.S., hosted the launch of the initiative at the Tunisian Embassy, which was attended by Miriam Sapiro, deputy U.S. trade representative, and Alina Romanowski, acting assistant administrator for USAID’s Middle East bureau.
The Tunisia SME Project will be implemented by the International Executive Service Corps and the University of Texas San Antonio Small Business Development Center.