Before and after the Tunisian Revolution in December 2010, bloggers played a critical role in information dissemination—spreading news, ideas and accounts of human rights violations.
In the country where the Arab Awakening began in 2010, a new generation of Tunisian business leaders, with help from American partners, is building the critical skills to again lead the region. But this time, the focus is on economic development, job creation and small business formation.
USAID-supported programs work with local entrepreneurs and invest in the small and medium enterprises that are the engines of sustainable job creation in Tunisia.
USAID assistance enabled Plastic Electromechanic Company (PEC) to boost efficiency on its main manufacturing floor and newer facilities by identifying specific measurable improvement goals and setting targets for dozens of manufacturing chain elements—a strategy modeled after international best practice.
Wassel Berrayana, director of a company called Proxym-IT, credits his unorthodox hiring policy—recruiting fresh college graduates—with fueling his firm’s rapid growth. Whereas many Tunisian employers shy away from recent graduates’ lack of experience, Berrayana sees it as a source of initiative and creativity.
Last updated: October 25, 2013