Launch of first co-working space in Tunisia
On 10 May 2019, the first public Co-Working Space in Tunisia opened at the Cyberparc in Kairouan. The set-up, furnishing and inauguration of the co-working space took place in the context of the Special Initiative for Economic Stabilization and Youth Employment, which is funded by the German development cooperation (GIZ) and implemented in partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Technology, Communication and Digital Economy (MTCEN). The initiative aims at enhancing employment and income of young people in the regions.
The MTCEN and GIZ Special Initiative comprises three fields of activity: (1) Promoting business start-ups, (2) developing a range of advisory services for businesses, and (3) supporting the Digital Tunisia 2020 strategic plan. GFA, in Consortium with Como Consult, has been subcontracted by GIZ to implement field of activity 3, which is intended to strengthen capacities of cyberparcs as promoters of digital economy in three selected regions and thereby strengthen young people’s skills, e.g. as developers of mobile applications.
The co-working space, which was completely re-equipped by GFA/GIZ project funds, offers young IT start-ups the opportunity to work, meet and network with peers and partners, and to take advantage of the cyberparc's services. During the inauguration ceremony, the Tunisian Minister for Communication and Technology stressed the importance of digital progress for the country's economic development.