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Connecting finance with eco-innovative solutions for industries in Tunisia

The SwitchMed eco-innovative B2B solutions for a circular economy continue to attract interest among SMEs in Tunisia. Building on the momentum, SwitchMed and UNIDO will hold a seminar during the ENVIROTEC & ENERGY 2017 in Tunisia, to present financing instruments for Tunisian SMEs in the manufacturing sector, interested in investing in resource efficient and eco innovative business solutions.
Published on May 22, 2017

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There is a strong business case behind resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) technologies. Their potential to enable companies in making substantial economic- and environmental gains are well established. But, challenging economic times, volatile world events, and fast-changing markets are leaving businesses more vulnerable than it used to be.  Businesses, therefore, need to become more resilient and require therefore an infrastructure that can support investments and at the same time build innovation structures.

As part of the B2B promotion activities of EU developed eco-innovations for the circular economy, UNIDO organizes the seminar: “Circular economy and SMEs in Tunisia: technical solutions and financing instruments”, on the 23 May, during this year ENVIROTEC & ENERGY 2017, in Tunis, Tunisia.

This seminar will involve international cooperation actors who make financing instruments for the acquisition of green technologies available to Tunisian SMEs. Representatives from regional development financing institutions such as, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Agence Française de Coopération (AFD) and the and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, will have the opportunity to meet with Tunisian businesses and to inform them about the access modalities and the conditions for eligibility for such funding.

“This is a unique opportunity for the Tunisian industry, wishing to develop and finance new ways to improve their economic, environmental and social performance.”

Antonio Trimarchi, B2B Eco-Innovation expert, UNIDO

Concurrent to the event objective, the Tunisian representatives from the SwitchMed programme will also present the latest findings from the ongoing , MED TEST II project, demonstrating the business case of adopting RECP measures within 26 Tunisian businesses.Investing in RECP measures and eco innovative business solutions, as demonstrated in MED TEST II, might secure and develop the perspective of the business and provide a profitable return on the investment not only for the investor, but also for the economy and society.