There is a list of 9 technopoles/clusters in Tunisia with contact and website information available via the website of the Tunisian Industry Portal.
To deepen cluster cooperation between European and Tunisian partners, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the previous ECCP team and the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (API) in presence of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Antonio Taja, responsible for Enterprise and Industry on 8 March 2012.
The ICT and textile sectors are promising fields for cluster cooperation and business opportunities between Europe and Tunisia. A MoU was also signed between TEXTILE 2020 and the Pôle de Compétitive Monastir - El Fejja (mfc pole) in Tunisia, to establish formal and sustainable cooperation in the area of Advanced Textile Materials.
An agreement entered into force between the Tunisia Technoparks association and France Clusters in 2013. The development of the links of cooperation and partnership on an international scale with bodies that share similar objectives was one of the major aims of "Tunisia Technoparks". This agreement aims mainly at supporting the efforts of innovation and internationalisation of the members of both structures, in particular in the Euro-Mediterranean space and the facilitation of the access to opportunities of business and financing. It establishes a framework for implementing more elaborate cooperation between the poles and Tunisian and French clusters in the domains of governance, the training, research and innovation.
A number of Tunisian clusters have already initiated cooperation with EU partners, notably through EU funded projects. Also, one of the former ESCPs, the European Strategic Cluster Partnership for Advanced Textile Materials (Textile2020 ESCP) was actively targeting the Tunisia market.
Regarding the newly launched ESCP-4is, there is a potential fit between the strategic interests of ESCP-4i and Tunisian identified clusters as part of “North Africa” that is mentioned as a main target zone for activities of only one ESCP-4i. However, Tunisia on its own is not currently indicated as a country target by the ESCP-4i community.
A matchmaking event took place in Tunisia in November 2012, organised during the Business and Technologies Convention by the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (API). A number of EU organisations/institutions are present in the country that can support the development of cluster/SME relations. Above all is of course the EU Delegation to Tunisia, located in Tunis. Several EEN contact points can be found in Tunisia.
Researchers and innovators from Tunisia is now able to participate in Horizon 2020, under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and another 13 associated countries. The agreement associating Tunisia to Horizon 2020 was signed by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Chiheb Bouden, Tunisian Minister for High Education and Scientific Research. Read less.