Improving the impact of employment policies and supporting ICT-enabled job creation for youth and women in Tunisia

Launch of the project “IPTIC: Improving the Impact of Employment Policies and Supporting ICT-Based Job Creation for Youth and Women in Tunisia”

On Monday, May 30, 2022 in Gammarth, Tunis, the project “IPTIC: Enhancing the Impact of Employment Policy and Supporting ICT-Based Work Creation for Youth and Women in Tunisia” was officially launched, funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA ). ) and implemented by the ILO office.For Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.

The partnership agreement was signed by the Tunisian Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Mr. Nasreddine Al-Nusabi, and Mrs. Rania Bekhazi, Director of the ILO Office in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco, during the official launch ceremony of the IPTIC project.

The event, which was the actual start of the project’s activities, was attended by mr. Arnaud Peral, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tunisia; Rania Bekhazi, Director of the ILO Office for Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, and HE Sun Nahmkook, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Tunisia, and Mr. Nasr El-Din El-Nassibi, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Mr. Noureddine Taboubi, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union, and Mr. Samir Majoul, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Crafts and the IPTIC project team.

This project, the implementation agreement of which was signed in December 2021 by Ms. Bekhazi and mr. Kim Hanvit, Director of the KICA Office in Tunisia, is a continuation of the EDJEF project “Decent Employment Opportunities for Youth and Women”, which aims to promote tripartite social dialogue, the potential for employment of youth and women in the governors of Kairouan, Zaghouan, Tunisia and Manouba.

The IPTIC project, which spans four years (2021-2025), aims to contribute to the development of decent jobs for youth and women by targeting 3 value chains in information and communication technology. This will be done by building the capacity of institutional and social partners in the design and implementation of policies related to youth work, the implementation of regional ICT employment diagnostics, and the support of the development of specific value chains in this sector.

An overview of the IPTIC project:

The IPTIC project, over four years (from 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2025), is funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and implemented by the International Labor Organization, and is a continuation of the EDJEF project. Launched in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, the Tunisian General Labor Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Crafts, and the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries, this program aims to provide decent work for the youth and women in Tunisia.

This new co-operation project is fully in line with the Tunisian context, in particular the Social Contract (2013), the Tunis Declaration on Employment (2016) and the general framework of the National Employment Strategy adopted by the Council of Ministers (2019) is. as well as in the international context, ie the Sustainable Development Goals and the new UN Cooperation Framework 2020-2025.

The expected outcomes through the IPTIC project are centered on three levels:

The first two levels are related to ten governorates: Tunis, Sousse, Sfax, Manouba, Kairouan, Zaghouan, Sidi Bouzid, Jendouba, Kasserine and Gabes. Here it is related to strengthening the capabilities of the Ministry responsible for employment for the effective implementation of the national employment strategy and the design of regional action plans, and on the other hand, ensuring the capacity of employment institutions and social partners at the local level to design and implement youth employment policies.

The third objective targets only the governors of Tunis, Sousse and Sfax by supporting the direct creation of jobs for the youth and women in the ICT sector. This support is embodied by the implementation of various means:

– Execution of operational diagnostics, identification and strengthening of value chains in the ICT sector in the targeted states,

– Create local project committees to monitor the project at regional level,

– In-depth diagnosis of ICT operation, including stakeholders, support functions, rules, assessment of training / skills needs, etc.,

– Organize technical development forums,

Strengthening the capacity of partners at national, regional and local levels to develop value chains (including the facilitation of business models and partnerships, and participation in the start-up ecosystem);

– Development of ICT value chains for youth and women,

– the identification of the beneficiaries in collaboration with the actors in the world of information and communication technology and partners at the regional and local levels,

Organization of training courses for beneficiaries (ICT, entrepreneurship, non-technical skills …),

Facilitate business models through groups / cooperatives / startups to meet the specific needs of the market and support the establishment of relationships with buyers / investors / financial partners,

– Supporting the preparation of youth beneficiaries,

– Providing guidance services to beneficiaries before, during and after the implementation of projects (in collaboration with the actors of the ICT ecosystem),

Supports the marketing of products in the Tunisian market and with international buyers / investors.

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