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Tunisia: MoU with Mercy Corps to improve employability

The Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment and the “Mercy Corps” organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, August 4, 2016.

On this occasion, a press conference was held in the presence of Minister, Zied Laadhari, and Director of “Mercy Corps” Renaud Deberegh.

Zied Laadhari has insisted that the MoU aims to enhance opportunities, employability and entrepreneurship, while improving financial inclusion for young people currently without access to financial institutions.

Among other objectives, the Minister pointed to the improving local governance by strengthening dialogue and contributing to a more inclusive environment for vulnerable groups to reduce marginalization and exclusion.

For his part, Renaud Debergh said “Mercy Corps” is committed to provide technical assistance to the regulatory agencies in the framework of joint programs implemented.

Likewise, it contributes to supporting job seekers joining the various employability enhancement programs while working to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Extending over a period of 4 years (2016-2020), this MoU will be the official framework for the continuity of the project “Tunisia Works” subject to an agreement signed in 2014 and for the implementation of four new projects in the governorates of Jendouba, Gafsa, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Greater Tunis.

These projects will benefit from the financial support of several partners including the European Union, British cooperation and British Council with a total of 10.5 million dinars.

This is important since about 5920 young people will benefit from these projects.

The project “Tunisia Works” aims to increase financial inclusion for young people, by improving access and quality of financial instruments.

Since its establishment, the project helped create 10 entrepreneurship clubs in 10 vocational training centers involving over 250 members. In addition, 125 entrepreneurs have received support at the launch of their projects and 5,000 youth are trained in financial education.

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