ACE’d for Supporting SMEs, Supply Chains and Teachers in Tunisia
Twenty Tunisian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been receiving leadership training from GE as part of the company’s broader effort to supported human capital development among the country’s public- and private-sector executives and officials. GE is also supporting a program to provide English language and professional trainings for Tunisian teachers, and held a supplier conference in 2014 focused on developing a solid supply chain in the energy, information technology, healthcare and transportation industries.
These projects, and a number of other initiatives that are supporting Tunisian economic development, caught the attention of the U.S. Secretary of State’s “Award for Corporate Excellence” (ACE). This award program recognizes only a handful of U.S. companies operating around the world each year for their active contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they operate.
GE was one of only nine winners in 2014, whose selection process was led by the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, which noted GE’s work “in nurturing a talent pool and contributing to the country’s growth through the development of its human capital.”
Other ways that GE has demonstrated its commitment to supporting Tunisia’s economic development include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tunisian Ministry of Development and International Cooperation in 2013 that formalized GE’s commitment to the social and economic development of the country through partnerships in the transportation, aviation, healthcare and energy sectors. As part of this agreement, GE is taking steps to support infrastructural development, human capital-building initiatives, localization, job creation, leveraging the local capabilities of the SME community and suppliers and increasing foreign investment.
The teacher training project is being done in partnership with the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (Amideast) in countries across the region. GE has been partnering with Tunisia since 1960 on many different levels to support the country’s economy and drive growth in various sectors.