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SLEIDSE encourages the emergence of better-added value business support services delivered by Libyan Chambers of Commerce

Tunis, 19 March 2018 – On the 20thof March, 4 pilot Chambers of Commerce will meet in Tunis with SLEIDSE, a project financed by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, under the patronage of H.E. Bettina Muscheidt, the Ambassador of the European Union to Libya, to explore and define the operational programme to enhance their ability to deliver new and better added-value business services in Libya.

In particular, they will discuss a review and assessment reportthat is built upon the study of 4 pilot Chambers of Commerce in Benghazi, Misrata, Tripoli and Sebbah with the possibility to be replicated later on the 10 remaining Chambers of Commerce. The report outlines the needs of Chambers of Commerce and formulate concrete operational proposals for capacity building. It also states the strong ownership and good absorption capacities of the Chambers of Commerce, which have a strong awareness of their role of business support and the trust demonstrated by enterprise members.

According to the report, the Chambers of Commerce need to focus on core skills to provide better services to enterprise members: staff management, leadership, expertise and outsourcing, communication and institutional cooperation. The European Union, Chambers of Commerce executives and SLEIDSE team will discuss the findings of the assessment and define the planning and content of capacity building activities in the following 12 months: training, training of trainers, and study visits.

 

Background

This meeting paves the way for better-added value business support services and contributes to one of SLEIDSE major components: supporting the emergence of modernized Chambers of Commerce built as services hub for enterprise member. This component, which is co-implemented by Expertise France and GIZ, aims at strengthening the capacities of Libyan Chambers of Commerce through targeted trainings and best practices sharing events with Chambers of Commerce within the EU and in the Middle East North Africa region.

SLEIDSE (Support to Libya for Economic Integration, Diversification and Sustainable Employment) project is financed by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France. It supports the development of micro, small and medium enterprises in Libya in order to provide Libyan youth with livelihood and employment. SLEIDSE is today the largest international private sector development programme for Libya with concrete capacity building operations and actions in Libya.

This activity was performed within SLEIDSE project, also financed by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, which aims to support the development of entrepreneurship in Libya.