Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Director-General Yumkella on official visit to Tunisia

TUNIS, 28 November 2012 – The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Kandeh K. Yumkella, is on an official visit to Tunis this week and will also participate in an international Conference on productive work for youth that opens in the capital today.  

Yumkella is meeting with President Moncef Marzouki; Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali; Foreign Minister, Rafik Abdelsalem; Industry Minister, Lamine Chakari; and Environment Minister Mamia El Benna.  

Minister Abdelsalem said the visit of the UNIDO Director-General and the Organization’s efforts to organize a conference for Tunis and the MENA region were important and timely events. Employment creation is a top priority of the Government of Tunisia, particularly in this transition phase, and UNIDO’s support is critical to finding innovative solutions for SMEs development, he said.  
The minister added that the promotion of domestic and foreign investment was the answer for boosting employment and the strategic location of Tunisia in the Mediterranean was an appealing factor for investors. Tunisia is strengthening its international partnerships and looks at the Maghreb Union as one of the economic opportunities to enhance trade and investment in various sectors including renewable energy, said the minister.

Director-General Yumkella underlined the importance of boosting entrepreneurship development in order to facilitate domestic investment, growth and employment. He said that the conference would be an example of the catalytic role played by UNIDO in bringing together donors, International organizations, national institutions, NGOs and entrepreneurs to share good practices and find innovative solutions for youth employment.

For more information, please contact:
Monica Carcò
UNIDO Representative to Tunisia
Tel: (+216) 71 283 923

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