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Government endeavours to make Tunisia digital platform par excellence (Youssef Chahed)

Published the:  30/03/2018

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(TAP) – The government is working to put in place the necessary bases to develop digital technology in Tunisia and make the country a hub and digital platform par excellence," said Friday Premier Youssef Chahed.

He added, during a meeting with a group of young promoters and startups in the field of digital economy and communication technologies, organised at the Bardo National Museum, that these bases consist in ensuring the appropriate legislative framework, financing, human resources and climate to increase investment in this sector.

Chahed emphasised the importance of the Startup Act bill, which will be debated in plenary session on Monday at the House of People's Representatives (HPR) and will allow young people to develop their skills and influence on the world.

He added: "we want to create a competitiveness and a dynamic in this field, not only in the Capital but in all the regions of the country, in particular, in the inland regions", underlining the brain drain of the Tunisian competences in this field because of the advances this market is experiencing around the world.

He highlighted the great capacity and willingness that characterize young promoters active in the field of digital economy and communication technologies, calling to exploit this energy for the benefit of young people who have lost confidence and chose to immigrate .

The Prime Minister stated that the Prime Ministry works in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education to make programmes more relevant to the labour market.

The promoters, taking part in the meeting, discussed issues relating to the sector's regulatory laws and government programmes to upgrade human resources and the degree of state intervention to encourage innovation.

Wala Gasmi, working in the field of social affairs and creator of a company that puts technologies in the service of society, questioned about the future of credits from the Fund for Information and Communication Technologies to support projects innovation and creativity, deploring that "young promoters in the field of digital technology have not benefited from the interventions of this Fund despite its creation in recent years".

"Tunisia has several legislative frameworks, such as this Fund, except that the problem lies in the non implementation of these frameworks," she regretted.

In return, the Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy refused to answer her questions about the outcome of these financial foundations