We are facilitating the transfer of know-how between Switzerland and Tunisia, and together with our partners we are developing innovative and customised solutions. Our projects focus on strengthening good governance in the transition to democracy, in particular broadening diversity through and promoting public-private partnerships.


  • Surface: 163 610 km2
  • Population: 11.7 millions
  • Capitale: Tunis

Swisscontact in TunisiA

  • since 1965


Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Takween - a skills development programme in Tunisia 
The purpose of the programme is to make vocational education and training more attractive by instituting a competent and well-known vocational education system offering new opportunities. Bringing the private sector on board will enhance young Tunisians’ employability, integrating them more effectively in the professional world and spurring sustainable economic growth.The Takween programme is being implemented under the auspices of the Tunisian Ministry of Employment and Vocational Education.
Sustainable tourism
Destination in South-East Tunisia: new approaches and skills in the tourism sector
The main objective of the project is to contribute to the attractiveness of South-East Tunisia through new approaches and skills for the development of sustainable, diversified and inclusive tourism. This will improve the income and living conditions of the local population. Since the revolution in 2011, 2018 has seen the best tourism result with...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...
Sustainable tourism
Tourism Governance and Marketing
The project contributes to diversifying and improving the competitiveness of Tunisian tourism by encouraging the development of new approaches to local tourism management and new regional tourism brands. Tourism accounts for 14% of national GDP and faces many structural and profound challenges. Tunisian tourism urgently needs reforms and measures...
Switzerland, Tunisia
Labour market insertion
Opportunities for qualified youth in Tunisia with assistance from the Tunisian diaspora
As part of its collaboration with Tunisia, the goal of the programme developed by the Swiss federal government is to bring the Tunisian diaspora on board for sustainable development in Tunisia and promote circular migration of young professionals between Tunisia and other countries in Europe.In addition to the challenges posed by large numbers of...


Initial vocational education and training
Project case study North Africa: Prospects for the labour market
Tunisia faces great social and economic challenges. Its economy is weak and there is persistently high youth unemployment. A further problem is that those seeking jobs do not have the requisite skills to satisfy the demands of the labour market. The project promotes practical, hands-on vocational education and training and young people’s integration into the labour market.
Labour market insertion
The public-private alliance - a model gradually gaining ground in the agri-food sector
36 young people undergoing continuous training at the El Alia vocational training centre for agriculture, one of the 40 centres of the Agency for Extension and Vocational Training (AVFA), signed an employment contract on 5 May 2022 with Flor'Alia, a subsidiary of the SanLucar Group in the governorate of Bizerte in the North East of Tunisia. The ceremony took place in the presence of the ministers in charge of agriculture and vocational training respectively, the representative of the Swiss embassy, and senior officials of SanLucar.
Sustainable tourism
Inauguration of the Dahar hiking trail
On the occasion of the International Mountain Day on 11th December, the Federation of Authentic Tourism in the Destination Dahar, set up with the support of Swisscontact, inaugurated a 194 km long hiking trail in the South-East of Tunisia.
Yves Matthijs

Our Interventions

Initial vocational education and training, retraining, and labour market integration are central to our activities. This is how we strengthen skills and create the basis for people to earn a decent living and actively participate in society. 

In the field of economic development, we are focusing on five areas with the highest potential for sustainable growth: tourism, trade, business ecosystems, green cities, and sustainable agriculture. We are committed to generating productive jobs, increasing incomes, and promoting well-being that spares natural resources. 

Our employees work each day to implement projects, provide guidance, and organise internships. 

Transition démocratique : la gouvernance comme enjeu global
Le context
La res­source hu­maine est cer­tai­ne­ment au cœur de la Tu­ni­sie de de­main !
Zones d'action
Swisscontact Tunisie conduit des activités dans quinze gouvernorats, avec un fort accent mis sur les régions intérieures du pays : Grand Tunis (bureau principal), Bizerte, Nabeul, Béja, Le Kef, Siliana, Zaghouan, Kairouan, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, Mahdia, Sfax, Gabès, Médenine et Tataouine.
Des partenariats solides à tous les niveaux sont indispensables pour que les projets de développement aient le plus d’effet possible. C’est ce que nos soixante ans d’expérience dans la coopération au développement nous ont appris. Et c’est la raison pour laquelle nous collaborons étroitement avec des partenaires locaux, nationaux et internationaux. Nos partenariats se concentrent sur les projets communs qui bénéficient à tous les acteurs, en particulier à la population locale. 


28, Avenue du Lac Nord
Les Jardins du Lac
1053, Tunis