Tunisia: Agoranov and Higher Education Ministry Sign Agreement

Paris — An agreement under the form of administrative arrangement was signed, on Monday in Paris, between Agoraonov - a public incubator aimed to facilitate the creation of innovating enterprises - and the Tunisian Higher Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Ministry, on the sidelines of Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa's visit to France.

The arrangement was signed by Higher Education, Scientific Research and ICT Minister Taoufik Jelassi and French Secretary of State to Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso.

Located at the heart of Paris, Agoranov was founded by four prestigious scientific institutions: UPMC (Pierre and Marie Curie University), Paris Dauphine, l'Ecole Normale Supérieure and ParisTech, and joined in 2010 by INRIA (inventors of the digital world).

Mehdi Jomaa paid a visit, on Monday, to Agoraonov where he was received by its Chairman and Director Jean-Charles Pomerol and Jean Michel Dalle and attended the presentation of three start-ups - SEPAGE, EXPLISEAT and another specialised in bio-technologies.

A second co-operation agreement was signed on the same occasion, between Tunis National Engineering Institute (ENIT) Director Chiheb Bouden and ParisTech Director Valérie Cabuil.

The PM said that he once more started his visit by the circles of innovation and youth and "not on the red carpet," as he believes that the future belongs to young innovators.

"It is true that there are economic difficulties but for me the Tunisian experience is also a start-up in democracy, which I believe in and that Tunisian youths will endeavour to make of it a success," he assured.

The delegation accompanying the PM to France includes the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamdi, of Higher Education, Scientific Research and ICT Taoufik Jelassi and Tourism Amel Karboul, Minister Delegate in charge of Security Ridha Sfar, Minister in charge of Co-ordination and Economic Affairs Follow-up Nidhal Ouerfelli and Secretary of State to Development and International Co-operation Noureddine Zekri.

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