Tunis, Tunisia, October 29, 2013—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement today designed to
improve the employment prospects of young people in Tunisia’s up-and-coming
information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
IFC will advise the National Federation of Information and Communication
Technology, a member of the Tunisian Industry, Commerce, and Artisans Union,
as it formalizes standards for the ICT industry. The effort will help monitor
trends in the labor market, outline the skills and education needed to
work in the sector, and help educational institutions better align their
programs with the needs of employers. These measures are crucial because
while Tunisia’s ICT sector is booming, there is a mismatch between the
skills of graduating students and the demands of employers.
"The ICT sector is rapidly expanding and constantly evolving, but
unfortunately many recent graduates do not have the right training,"
said Kais Sellami, President of the National Federation of Information
and Communication Technology. "This initiative will help give young
people an education that is relevant, helping drive growth in the industry.”
The ICT sector is one of the most dynamic in Tunisia. It currently produces
7 percent of GDP, equal to the tourism industry. That represents a more
than three-fold increase over the last decade.
"Unemployment is a critical threat to the region’s stability and
economic growth,” said Antoine Courcelle-Labrousse, IFC’s Principal Country
Officer in Tunisia. "This partnership will reinforce the dialogue
between universities and businesses and improve youth employability to
support Tunisian economic growth."
This partnership is part of IFC’s E4E Initiative for Arab Youth, a joint
effort with the Islamic Development Bank. Active in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan,
and Morocco, the program is designed to help equip young people with the
skills and education in demand by employers.
The partnership with the National Federation of Information and Communication
Technology was made possible with the support of the Government of the
Netherlands, the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs, and UKaid.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise,
and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion,
leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs and tackle the
world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit
About the National Federation of Information and Communication Technology
The National Federation of Information and Communication Technology is
one of 17 industry federations composing the Tunisian Industry, Commerce,
and Artisans Union. The National Federation of Information and Communication
Technology contains eight chambers. Its mission is to plan and implement
actions to develop the ICT sector and promote private businesses, to provide
advocacy support to ICT chambers in order to improve the business climate,
and to represent the ICT sector in the national, regional, and international
spheres. For more information, please visit www.utica.org.tn