EU-funded Innov’i project facilitates Tunisian SMEs access to public procurement

February 18, 2021
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As part of the technical assistance project Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) that started in march 2020, the EU-funded Innov’i – EU4Innovation organised a public-private dialogue session on 11 February, in the presence of Tunisian start-ups representatives.

PPI project is based on three axes: Professionalizing the innovative purchasing function; Adapting and improving regulation based on international best practices; communicating on success stories.

This dialogue session’s objective was to identify existing procedures and their limits allowing Tunisian start-ups and innovative SMEs to access public procurement.

The dialogue session focused on the issue of reducing and simplifying the possible obstacles to the contractualisation of a PPI to facilitate the current system. In this context, an inventory of public procurement of innovation has been drawn up, presenting the existing mechanisms in the current regulations allowing the purchase of innovation. This was followed by feedback from start-ups on their experiences with public procurement, allowing them to identify the factors of failure and success.

Innov’i – EU4Innovation is a five-year programme that aims at strengthening the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation in Tunisia. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France.


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Countries covered:

  • Tunisia