Tunisia receives €143m from Africa Development Bank to strengthen its digital transformation
The Director General of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group for North Africa, Mohamed El Azizi, and the Tunisian Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Zied Laadhari, have signed two loan agreements relating, on the one hand, to the project to support the development of technical and technological skills and, on the other, to support the implementation of the National Plan Strategic-Digital Tunisia 2020.
Tunisian Ministers of Education and Information Technologies and Digital Economy, Hatem Ben Salem and Anouar Maarouf, respectively, as well as the Administrator representing Morocco, Tunisia and Togo, were present at the meeting. African Development Bank, Abdelmajid Mellouki.
With € 72 million in funding, the project to support the development of technical and technological skills promotes greater openness of schools to the professional world and better use of digital technologies to bring new knowledge to the forefront. technical and numerical skills.
"This project will help train a highly skilled workforce, thus meeting Tunisia's ambition to strengthen its integration into global value chains with more than 5,000 direct jobs to be created," said Mohamed El Azizi.
Equipped with equivalent funding, the project to support the implementation of the National Strategic Plan-Digital Tunisia 2020 will contribute to strengthening the performance of public services through the deployment, on a larger scale, of e-government.
"This second operation will strengthen the offer of administrative services to users and economic actors" welcomed Mohamed El Azizi adding that it "will help improve access to a quality public service throughout the country. territory '.
For his part, Zied Ladhari emphasized the importance of these agreements in favor of strategic sectors for the Tunisian economy, particularly through the strengthening of youth skills, job creation and the country's digital transformation.
Laadhari also praised the African Development Bank's sustained support for his country and praised the excellent partnership between the Tunisian government and the continent's largest development finance institution in recent years. multiple key areas.
This ceremony also served as a framework for Abdelmajid Mellouki to reaffirm the Bank's commitment, through its Board of Directors, to further support Tunisia in its development and reform projects in order to establish the conditions for sustainable and shared growth.
Founding member of the African Development Bank Group created in 1963, Tunisia benefited from the institution's first financing in 1967. The current portfolio of the Bank in Tunisia totals, to date, more than 40 projects and programs. in progress, representing a commitment of nearly US $ 2.3 billion.