India-Tunisian Joint Commtittee to discuss mutual cooperation

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) The first India-Tunisia Joint Committee meeting was held here today during which possible areas of cooperation, including capacity building and setting up of vocational training centres, were identified.

The Indian side has identified capacity building for formulation of industrial development policy and institutional framework for SMEs in Tunisia based on local resources as a possible area of cooperation.

Industrial potential surveys and feasibility studies to identify thrust areas and opportunities for MSMEs in Tunisia, entrepreneurship development/skill upgradation training and setting up of vocational training centres were also discussed.

The Tunisian side evinced keen interest in various MSMEs in India, especially in sharing of experience and technology in the field of garment and textiles, electro-mechanical industries, food processing industries and Information Technology.

Besides, cooperation in the area of incubators and BPO, technical support to SMEs, institutional mechanism for providing credit to SMEs were also discussed.

Held under the chairmanship of Mr Dinesh Rai, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, the meeting has been convened in order to operationalise the cooperation agreement in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises signed between the two countries last year.

The Tunisian delegation was led by Mr Mohamed Agrebi, Director General Incharge of the Promotion of SMEs in the Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Energy and SMEs.

Representatives of various ministries and institutions also attended the meeting.

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