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industry promotion agency and innovation: “Hack for Digitalization”, May 7th and 8th

The Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (Apii), is organizing on May 7 and 8, 2022, an event called “Hack for Digitalisation”, a hackathon to promote an APII 5.0. The event, which will take place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Apii, aims to identify innovative applications to digitize and modernize the services offered by the agency and to digitize its internal management processes. Hack for Digitalization seeks to meet three challenges: optimal planning to manage survey programs; a simulator for calculating estimated bonuses for researching business categories; and the development of a matchmaking and dating application. One prize per challenge will be awarded to selected winners. It will include, in particular, an amount of 10,000 dinars, participation in an international exhibition and payment by Apii of the costs of legal incorporation of companies. A call for applications has been launched for this purpose, the deadline for which has been set for April 24, 2022. “Hack for Digitalisation” is aimed at teams made up of web developers, computer graphics designers, specialists in artificial intelligence and marketers. These are precisely student-engineers, students, doctoral students, startups and developers.

Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies: Parallel work takes momentum

The economic situation in Tunisia is difficult, and this is embodied by the low growth rate, a high unemployment rate, a sharp drop in private investment and high indebtedness, indicated Lotfi Fradi, director general of the Institute. Tunisian Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies, during a broadcast on a private radio. These are the main issues addressed by a study on economic development carried out in Tunisia in partnership with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. According to the same source, Tunisia is suffering from a structural unemployment crisis which has reached the limits of 18% of the total number of the active population, adding that more than 40% of university graduates suffer from unemployment. Unemployment concerns more interior regions than coastal regions, and women more than men. Fradi also spoke of the major obstacles against the realization of investment projects and the creation of companies, considering that the legislative system in Tunisia is hampered by authorizations, especially for investors from the internal market. He also stressed the need to introduce major reforms in the current education and training system. According to him, 45% of workers in Tunisia operate in non-unionized sectors, that is to say about a million people who do not benefit from social coverage and also do not have access to financing and do not declare their income. Fradi mentioned that the integration of workers from the informal sector into the formal sector would be in their interest and would allow them to improve their income.

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