Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)
The Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) promotes the creation and/or growth of enterprises through a National Team of Trainers and Counselors that provides training and counseling to young promoters to establish their own business and to reduce the failure rate of start-ups, contributing thereof to the economic growth of the Country.
In Tunisia, the EDP programme was launched on a pilot scale in 2006 thanks to the strong committment of CJD (Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants), API (Association pour la Promotion de l’Industrie), CAWTAR (Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research), BPME (Banque pour le financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) , BTS (Banque Tunisienne de Solidarieté and Agfund (Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations) and the technical support of the UNIDO/ITPO Bahrein .
Since 2007, 6 training sessions have been completed and 75 entrepreneurs have been trained. Out of the total project carriers, only 15% have dropped out, 35% are starting up/developing their businesses and 60% are in the pre start-up phase.