What is needed to develop entrepreneurship in Tunisia?

By Greta Ghacibeh, Directrice, Association Tunisie Media

Participants join a town hall discussion on entrepreneurship from Zeghouan, Tunisia.

America Abroad Media’s Tunisian office — Association Tunisie Media (ATM) partnered with Radio Mosaique FM to host a town hall discussion exploring ways to foster entrepreneurship among young Tunisians.

The event connected audiences in the coastal city of Sfax — a growing hub for entrepreneurship — and the industrial city of Zeghouan, to discuss the challenges and opportunities for young entrepreneurs in Tunisia today.

Young men and women entrepreneurs who participated in the town hall talked about the challenges they have faced starting a business in Tunisia, from raising capital to dealing with bureaucracy to the lack of professional skills and adequate training.

Faycel Zahar, who works with small businesses as a director at the National Agency for Employment and Independent Work – a department of Tunisia’s Ministry of Employment – talks about the qualities needed to be a successful as entrepreneur in the audio clip below.

(Arabic with English translation).

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Raja Tibini, the owner of a kindergaten in Zeghouan, shares her experience of starting her own business in Tunisia.

Listen in the audio clip below.

(Arabic with English translation).

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Khlifa Sboui, director of small loans at the Tunisian Bank of Solidarity, argued that the Tunisian government is constantly working to create and develop new programs to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

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