On May 20, 2013, the Tunisia SME Project was formally launched by the United States and Tunisia at the Embassy of Tunisia in Washington, DC. The two-year economic growth project is implemented by IESC in partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA).
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.
Read the USAID press release