Tuesday, September 01, 2015

UTSA International Trade Center to conduct small-business training in Tunisia

Tunisia

Tataouine, Tunisia
(Photo: Photos Blog: Tunisia city best photography)

Share this Story

(May 21, 2013) -- The International Trade Center in the UTSA Institute of Economic Development is collaborating with the United States and Tunisian governments to conduct its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counselor and Director Certificate Training in Tunisia. The training series will help Tunisia establish SBDCs to support business owners and entrepreneurs, many of whom are women and young adults.

The UTSA training is one part of an overarching initiative that aims to strengthen Tunisia's economic cooperation with the United States and improve its prospects for sustainable economic growth. That initiative, funded and led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supports the 2002 U.S.-Tunisia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and President Obama's Middle East North Africa Trade and Investment Partnership.

UTSA and USAID are among a handful of partners that will provide SBDC training in Tunisia and technical assistance to the owners and employees of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Additional partners include Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance and International Executive Service Corp.

Tunisia, North Africa's smallest country, is working to build its fledgling democracy after the 2011 revolution, which inspired the Arab Spring and resulted in the overthrow of then President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia is bordered by Algeria, Libya and the Mediterranean Sea.

"Tunisia is eager to promote economic growth and trade opportunities, particularly among small- and medium-sized businesses," said Cliff Paredes, director of the UTSA International Trade Center. Both Paredes and Monica Alcoz, UTSA senior international business consultant, are working with Tunisia.

"For a decade, we have been working with countries in Central and South America that have had similar goals. We expect this partnership to be similarly beneficial for Tunisia as it pursues democratic reform and a strengthened economy," Paredes added.

The International Trade Center at UTSA is one of the largest and most successful trade assistance organizations in Texas. It helps companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. The center is a specialty SBDC program in the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow it on Twitter (@TexasTrade) and like it on Facebook (Facebook.com/texastrade).

>> Learn more about the Tunisian project at SBDCGlobal.com.

 

 

Did You Know?

Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

Read More »
Events
Sept. 7, All Day

Labor Day Holiday

All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
All Campuses

Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

UTSA Football vs. Kansas State

Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus


Other Calendars
» UTSA Events | » Academic | » Institute of Texan Cultures

Submit an Event


Meet a Roadrunner

Mairin Derk exits the stage for academic life at UTSA

Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree

UTSA's Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA's Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA's Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

Connect with UTSA News

       


Related Links

Back to Top

2015 © The University of Texas at San Antonio  |  Produced by University Communications and Marketing