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The Arab Spring: Implications for Tunisian Youth



Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Silatech and TunInvest organized a gathering of young Tunisians to discuss the challenges they face, the opportunities available to them, and their aspirations for trainings, jobs and entrepreneurship. The event took place on January 18, 2012 at The Residence Hotel – Tunis.

Since the outbreak of youth-led protest movements throughout much of the Arab world began in Tunisia one year ago, the needs and aspirations of young people have been a focal point of attention in the region.

To further highlight the voices of young Tunisians, Silatech and TunInvest invited over 60 leading young Tunisians from the civil society with various backgrounds and professions to discuss how to improve employment, education and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people, and to outline their dreams for the “new Tunisia.”

Silatech is a Qatar-based initiative that promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship and civic engagement opportunities for young people across the Arab world. TunInvest is the leading venture capital and private equity firm in the Maghreb region and sub-Saharan Africa, with a strong reputation for promoting significant development and social impact in the countries in which they invest.

With the objective of creating quality, sustainable jobs, Silatech and TunInvest launched a partnership in October 2011 to provide improved access to capital and business support services for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Tunisia and Morocco. Mr. Aziz Mebarek, Co-founder and Partner at TunInvest, said in a statement: “Through open discussions like today’s event, organizations like TunInvest and Silatech have the opportunity to connect directly with young people, to listen to their voices, and gain their input into the best strategies we can employ to support young people in achieving their full potential.”

Dr. Tarik Yousef, CEO of Silatech, said: “Sustainable, lasting social change requires grassroots involvement and participation. By hosting constructive dialogues and encouraging youth participation in civil society, we are working to ensure that young people continue to play an active role in shaping their own futures.”

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