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Tunisia Information Technology Investemt and Procedure

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Tunisia Information Technology Investemt and Procedure

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:14 am

Information Technology Investment and Procurement

The information technology sector in Tunisia is one of the most developed in Africa, but few US companies are aware of opportunities in this sector. The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the US Department of Commerce is co-sponsoring a conference that will highlight partnership and investment opportunities for US companies in this sector. The conference will take place on March 27-28, 2001, at Le Palace Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia.

Few US companies currently understand how to expand operations or sales in Tunisia, and the Tunisian business community needs to become more knowledgeable about US companies’ interests for partnerships or investment. The conference will help bridge that gap by exploring the public procurement process in Tunisia and exploring business opportunities with both the Government of Tunisia and private Tunisian IT companies. The Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of Tunisia will co-sponsor this event. His Excellency, Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi will be invited to open the conference along with the newly-confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, The Honorable Rust M. Deming.

One goal of this program is to make US businesses aware of partnership opportunities and to help them understand how to begin investing or partnering with Tunisian companies. If US companies are duly notified of procurement procedures, they may be more likely to participate in future tenders and join in the development of the technology market in Tunisia. A further goal of this program is for the Tunisian private sector and the Government of Tunisia to gain a greater understanding of US business practices and expectations to permit more coordinated and effective efforts to attract greater US foreign investment.

The conference agenda includes presentations and discussions on e-commerce, information technology, and telecommunications in Tunisia, including opportunities for US firms to become involved through investments and public procurement. CLDP will sponsor three US advisors to lead discussions on the interests of US businesses when considering investments in Tunisia. Following the conference, the US advisors and business representatives will spend the remainder of the week engaged in small group and individual consultations with Government of Tunisia officials and private sector representatives to discuss conference topics in greater detail and to visit the facilities of local firms.

The ultimate goal of the conference is to advance business linkages between Tunisia and the US. Accordingly, private firms from these sectors in both countries are invited and are encouraged to send representatives. The conference will give US firms an opportunity to make presentations regarding company interests, to ask in-depth questions, and to receive accurate answers from both government regulators and private firms currently operating in Tunisia. To take maximum advantage of this opportunity, CLDP is happy to set up any meetings with Government of Tunisia officials or private firms following the conference.

To learn more about this conference, please contact Robert Bowen, CLDP Tunisia Program Manager, by phone at (202) 482-3625 or by e-mail at rbowen@doc.gov. You may also contact Stephen Gardner, CLDP Senior Counsel for Africa and the Middle East, by phone at (202) 482-9009 or by e-mail at sgardner1@doc.gov.
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