Promoting an innovative and ecologically sustainable industry

Project description

Title: Qualitative growth for employment
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Co-funded by: European Union​​​​​​​
Country: Tunisia​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (Ministère de l'Industrie, des Mines et de l’Énergie, MIME)
Overall term​​​​​​​: 2022 to 2026


Despite having a diversified base, Tunisian industry is still not very competitive. Annual economic growth is also too low to generate sufficient employment for the country’s young population. So far, only a few companies have succeeded in tapping into new markets. In addition, innovation must be strengthened to enable the transition to more sustainable and greener production. The low level of competitiveness and adaptability of much of the Tunisian economy contributed to a deep economic recession and high unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The Tunisian Government is successfully implementing its strategy aimed at the long-term modernisation of industry in terms of its economic and environmental sustainability in priority sectors.


The project operates in four fields of activity:

  • improving the legal and institutional framework
  • expanding innovative activities and the green transformation
  • promoting integration in supply chains and export capacity
  • supporting companies to adapt to changing market conditions

To improve the competitiveness of Tunisian industry, the project supports the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy in implementing key measures to improve the business and investment climate. The project also advises government advisory centres on the introduction of new support services, such as for the introduction of more energy-efficient and clean production methods and the certification of products according to international quality standards. It also advises companies on improving their management approaches to better respond to crises in future and integrate more successfully into international supply chains.

Last update: July 2022

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