Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation: South-South & Triangular Cooperation Partner of the Month

About ATCT

Established in 1972, the Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation (ATCT) is the national focal point for South-South cooperation in Tunisia, The Agency undertakes the follow-up of the triangular cooperation programs with a number of supporting partners, it also coordinates with the national authorities in order to benefit from the advantage of the opportunities in many fields and transfer the successful Tunisian experiences, as well as unleash the role Tunisia can play in transferring experiences and knowledge in the South countries and within the region. Its mission is to:

  • Contribute to the elaboration and implementation of the policy of technical cooperation provided by Tunisia to friendly countries and international organizations.
  • Promote technical cooperation through identifying the available individual and institutional competencies and seeking external opportunities to hire them.
  • Manage the technical cooperation personnel seconded to ATCT to work abroad.
  • Implement technical assistance projects through Triangular and South-South Cooperation mechanisms

Vision:

ATCT strives to consolidate its position as a leading national organization in the areas of recruiting Tunisian competencies to work abroad and implementing technical assistance and capacity-building projects, within the scope of South-South and triangular cooperation.

Values

ATCT’s work is underpinned by six core principles i.e., Partnership, Solidarity, Equal opportunities, Fair recruitment, Commitment, Transparency

Study visit of PICA’s Delegation

Over its 50 years of activities, ATCT has successfully placed about 65,000 Tunisian professionals abroad, dispatched more than 2,000 Tunisian experts to implement over 100 technical assistance projects, and provided training to more than 5,000 executives from 40 Arab and African countries, within the South-South and triangular cooperation with the support of international donors and regional and international cooperation agencies.

The seventies that coincided with the establishment of the Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation were marked by the laying of the first foundations of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, to which Tunisia has attached great importance since its independence.

In line with its policy to support South-South cooperation, Tunisia has contributed through ATCT to implementing technical assistance programs and projects and convening several important events in this field, offering an opportunity to showcase the expertise, and capabilities of our country as well as its experience in technical cooperation.

ATCT South-South & Triangular Cooperation Journey

1975: ATCT convened from 26 to 31 May 1975 a forum on “Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries” with the participation of several Arab and African countries, Canada, France, Belgium and international and regional organizations such as UNDP, the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (OIF), the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, the Organization of African Unity, the League of Arab States and others.

1977: ATCT started the first triangular technical cooperation projects for African countries, in coordination with the Arab Fund for Technical Assistance under the League of Arab States, which financed the dispatching of a group of Tunisian teachers to Comoros, Djibouti and Niger, then with the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation under the Francophone Organization, which financed the dispatching of Tunisian experts in tourism, handicrafts, cinema, etc. to Comoros, Mali, Kuwait, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo.

Reverse Linkage Project – Comoros- Covid-19

Reverse Linkage Project for Guinea- Study visit of delegation from AGUIPEX

1981: ATCT convened in Tunis the First Symposium of Heads of National Technical Cooperation Agencies in Developing Countries, members of the G77, in response to a recommendation by the Conference on Economic Cooperation among Developing Countries held in Caracas.

1988: Tunisia was selected by the United Nations as a focal country of South-South cooperation.

1995: Convening the Tunisian-African Partnership Days with the participation of 15 African countries and major donors such as the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, UNDP and others, which provided an opportunity to showcase the Tunisian public and private experience and enabled a number of Tunisian institutions and consulting offices to implement a number of projects in Africa.

1998: Convening the Regional Technical Cooperation Symposium in cooperation with UNDP, attended by some 15 African countries and several Tunisian institutions and regional and international donors, at the end of which more than 170 projects in sustainable human development were identified for future implementation.

2000: Tunisia has become a privileged partner for many developed countries involved in triangular cooperation, such as Japan, Germany and Italy, following which ATCT attended most important international and regional events such as the Tokyo Forum on African Development, the NEPAD meetings, the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation and other events.

2003: ATCT’s involvement, in cooperation with the NGO “Nadi Al Bassar”, in a program launched by the Islamic Development Bank to conduct campaigns against avoidable blindness in African countries.

2014: ATCT joined the initiative of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to implement capacity-building projects in IsDB’s Member Countries through the Reverse Linkage Mechanism.

Workshop on South-South Cooperation

2016: ATCT joined the 3-2-C Initiative of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) which aims to strengthen partnerships between IsDB’s Member Countries based on three pillars: Convergence & Complementarity; Coordination & Collaboration; and Capitalization on Knowledge & Communication.

2017: ATCT has become a member of the Global Partnership Initiative on Effective Triangular Cooperation.

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National Partners

South-South Cooperation Agreements

Tunisia has concluded two agreements with the UNDP, the first to provide Tunisian technical assistance to Mauritania, Yemen and the Sultanate of Oman, and the second for 18 francophone African countries. These two projects have contributed to provide technical assistance through Tunisian experts, to train a number of executives from said countries, and to promote Tunisian expertise.

Concluding a cooperation agreement with ISESCO, to convene a round of workshops and training courses for executives from the Member States in many areas, such as the eradication of illiteracy, educational curricula, educational planning etc.

Tunisia has concluded an agreement with the Islamic Development Bank that aims to enhance the financial and technical capacities of OIC’s member countries enabling them to access available funding and share knowledge and expertise in different fields especially those related to consulting services in development areas and organizing workshops, study visits and training sessions.

The ATCT was designated by the Tunisian Government as the focal point to implement this agreement.

Concluding a triangular cooperation agreement with JICA as a follow-up to the meetings of the International Symposium on Cooperation in Africa TICAD held in Tokyo in 1998.

 Concluding a Memorandum of Understanding with the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries “SESRIC” providing for further promoting and strengthening South-South cooperation, launching joint programs and projects for the member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and fostering the discussion on best practices in technical cooperation and information exchange.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation to exchange information and cooperate in implementing joint projects in South-South and triangular cooperation.

A cooperation agreement has been concluded with Argentina. It aims to set the terms of technical cooperation between the Tunisian Government and the Argentine Government for the implementation of development programs and projects in priority areas.

ATCT concluded a cooperation agreement with the Islamic Development Bank aiming at defining the partnership aspects between the Bank and ATCT, through adopting “knowledge and experience exchange” mechanisms in order to develop and support the technical capacities of the Member States

  • Communication Focal Point: Mrs. Rym Hamza Jartouh, Deputy Director (Direction of Promotion of South-South Cooperation Programs and Projects),
  • Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation,
  • WhatsApp: +216 53637829; E-mail: rym.jartouh@atct.tn

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