Tunisia's Ministry of Technology and Digital Economy has announced seven new agreements related to the Smart Tunisia initiative, expected to create 3,000 new jobs in the next 3 years and 10,000 in total in the next 5 years.
Agreements have been entered into with Association Bizerte 2050, Tunisia IoT, Get'IT, ACEEP, PCS, Mechatronic Cluster, and Tunisian Startups – all of whom are considered active players in the country's digital economy sector.
According to the country's Minister of Technology and Digital Economy Anouer Maarouf, the agreements have been established to support all stakeholders within the Smart Tunisia ecosystem.
"Smart Tunisia aims to create three thousand jobs over three years and will promote Tunisia as a technological hub in the coming years," Maârouf said.
The agreements were signed on behalf of Smart Tunisia by its president Badreddine Ouali and representatives of organisations.
Ouali said Smart Tunisia is one of the components of the Tunisian government's national strategy or 'Digital Tunisia 2020' and is aimed at promoting active participation of the civil societies and other players in the digital space.
When Smart Tunisia was launched in November 2015, its mandate was to establish the country as a competitive destination for communication technologies and a digital economy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
At the official launch, project head Raouf M'henni said the initiative will create a total of 50,000 ICT jobs in addition to laying the foundations of a digital economy in Tunisia.
However, Maarouf has since confirmed that the seven new agreements will create a total of 10,000 in the next five years.
"This will be achieved through the mobilisation of public and private investments," the minister said.
In 2016, the government of Qatar supported Smart Tunisia with a donation of US$2.3 million; and agreements have also been signed with several tech firms including Cisco.