Tunisia, France sign digital economy agreement

The move will help boost e-commerce

The Tunisian and French governments have signed a co-operation agreement for the establishment of a French “Passport for Digital Economy” program in the north African country.

For Tunisian business owners, it is a move that is likely to be met with optimism, says Ibrahim Mulid, an IT expert and e-commerce official at the communications ministry.

“This is going to give Tunisian businesses and technology a nice boost as it will help develop a lot of initiatives that have been successful in France,” says Mulid.

Tunisia’s Secretary of State in charge of Technology, Adel Gaaloul and French Industry, Energy and Digital Economy Minister, Eric Besson signed the agreement at a convention held in Tunis.

The “Passport for Digital Economy” program was launched in 2006 and includes the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

France has allocated some 300,000 euros to fund the program in Tunisia.

Jonathan Terry