Tunisia Small and Medium Enterprise Project

The Tunisia SME Project works to stimulate small business growth in Tunisia through: (1) the development of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in 24 regional providences and (2) targeted assistance to export-ready or near export-ready SMEs so they can more actively participate in international trade.
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Tunisia
  • VEGA Lead Member: International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
  • Objective: Strengthen economic competitiveness and prospects for sustained growth through greater involvement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in trade and investment related activities.
  • Timeline: October 2012 – September 2014
  • Volunteers: 7
  • Other Partners:

    University of Texas-San Antonio

  • Theme: Enterprise Development, Trade and Investment
Tunisia SME Margitta Wassman

Margitta Wassman, consulting with young designers on international best practices.

Tunisia SME B2B event

B2B Event with buyer and Melody Meyer at Tunisia Organics Buyers Mission.

The Tunisia SME Project seeks to boost Tunisian exports and promote broad-based economic growth by supporting the development of small business development centers and providing technical assistance to export-ready or near export-ready firms in the organic food, textile and clothing, business development services, and hospitality sectors.

Developed under the U.S.-Tunisia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which is led by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the initiative will strengthen Tunisia’s economic cooperation with the United States and improve its prospects for sustainable growth. Using online platforms and partnerships, it will create greater opportunities for trade between American and Tunisian small businesses.

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