Sviluppumbria leads the public-private grouping composed of the Umbria Region, Sviluppumbria SpA, Confindustria Umbria, Umbria Export, Sistemi Formativi Confindustria Umbria and Comete, a consulting and engineering company based in Tunis. The grouping was awarded the contract under the tender procedure launched by the Tunisian Government in 2016 to strengthen the support system for small and medium-sized enterprises and Tunisian start-ups within the framework of the Italian-Tunisian Technical Cooperation Programme co-financed by the Italian Cooperation in support of the Tunisian private sector.
The three-year project, worth about 740 K euros, foresees the provision of training and technical assistance to more than 100 Tunisian SMEs and provides a series of modules on local economic development, internationalisation and business innovation. It will start by strengthening of the skills of the Directorate General for the Promotion of SMEs and regional structures supporting SMEs, the creation of SME Observatories in the Tunisian regions of Bizerte, Nabeul, Zaghaouan, Gabes, Tozeur, Kebili, Medenine and Tatouinedi, the implementation of processes to simplify and coordinate support structures for SMEs within the existing Espaces d’Entreprises and assistance to Tunisian start-ups. The operational phase of the project started in January 2017.
Tunisia is a priority country for Italian Cooperation, aimed at pursuing technical-financial improvements and the creation of new entrepreneurial entities. Particular attention will be paid to improving the conditions for young and female entrepreneurs in the priority development regions, and to improving the conditions for the creation of spin-offs and start-ups in the most innovative sectors.
The project, therefore, is of extraordinary strategic importance for strengthening institutional relations between the Umbria Region and the Tunisian Government, and represents an excellent opportunity to create and develop multiple opportunities between Umbrian companies and SMEs throughout Tunisia in strategic sectors such as agricultural mechanisation, food processing, renewable energy and capital goods. For Sviluppumbria this is a new way of being at the centre of the dynamics of internationalisation of the regional territory.