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APII Tunisie


The APII, Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation,evokes its activities and its vision for project EDILE.


The Agency for the Promotion of Industry (API) and Innovation is a public organisation in charge of the development of the industrial sector in Tunisia. APII offers a network of services to companies ranging from strategic positioning studies per branch and sector, facilitated procedures, financial advantages, individual coaching and support for innovation and technological development, as well as a partnership platform to encourage company internationalisation.
The main mission of APII consists in evaluating investment projects that request public financial incentives, specifically to foster regional development. APII is committed in the EDILE initiative, which aims at developing an evaluation tool to optimise local spillovers of investment projects. Part of a consortium of Euromediterranean partners, APII is responsible for the implementation of the project’s activities in Tunisia.
The ambition of the project in Tunisia would be to provide public and private investment support organisations with an innovative evaluation tool allowing a better selection of projects and an optimisation of devices and investment support mechanisms. The tool will allow companies to optimise the economic, social, environmental and community performance of their investment projects for a better insertion in their territory.








Shaden Beydoun, EDILE Project Manager in within the Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture of Beirut and Mount LebanonOF 


The EDILE initiative provides the much needed institutional support and capacity building to the country economic bodies and all authorities involved in investment project assessment, evaluation and monitoring. After the investment environment in Lebanon was carefully assessed, five pilot projects were selected as case studies to be evaluated based on the investor financial status, but most importantly on their environmental, economic and social impacts at large. Subsequent to the data collection stage, we teamed up with experts from EDILE partners, ANIMA, iesMed and ClassM, to collectively build an assessment tool based on interactive collaboration with two of our pilot projects; the process is ongoing and is shaping up progressively, with strong input from the first three-day Regional Exchange Seminar, held in Beirut on the 28-30 January 2015. We strongly believe in EDILE's vision and hope by the end of this initiative, a referential will be comprehensive enough to encourage entrepreneurs to invest their capital in a way to stimulate growth and development to their entourage and assist authorities in approaching investments with the goal of maximising their positive local impacts.








Dominique Rojat, AFD Project coordinator for the Center for Mediterranean Integration, Agence française de développement (AFD), associated partner of the project


How is the EDILE project relevant to AFD?  

A balanced regional growth is essential for all Mediterranean countries and remains the core of the AFD regional strategy. The EDILE project efforts to assess the local impacts of investments on local development and to build up an environmental and social labelling of projects, source of inclusion and sustainability, are especially welcome.

 What is the role of AFD as an associate partner in the EDILE project?

AFD follows closely the activities of the EDILE project and has contributed by providing knowledge and methodologies. AFD is eager to know the results of the evaluations of pilot projects carried out by EDILE and to be involved in the capacity building actions planned. 

What is your vision for the future of the EDILE project?

The EDILE project has mobilised a working community and strengthened networks that should keep sharing knowledge and best practices, as well as bringing cooperation or business opportunities. AFD is willing to expand its relations with EDILE partners in Mediterranean countries in order to improve quality and facilitate the implementation of its projects in support of the private sector (upgrading companies, credit lines to SMEs via local banks) and continue to share on the efficiency criteria of projects and labelling









Philippe de Fontaine Vive, ex Vice-president of the EIB : The European Investment Bank (EIB) seeking a practical referential


"We are equipped for large projects, but we seek more and more to fund smaller-sized projects. We often have a problem regarding the quality of the presentation of these smaller projects. After going through the EDILE evaluation grid, they would turn much more complete. This first referential is impressive. The issue is now to obtain something more accessible for operators. The EIB also needs to spot civil society actors and other NGOs, to be able to evaluate the degree of project acceptance among local populations. The EDILE referential could be useful in this purpose. It could additionally bring a lot in identifying real beneficiaries of evaluated operations, by quantifying spillover in terms of jobs, subcontracting, pollution... Last, I believe your tool could eventually become a label, a sustainable development good conduct patent. By acting as a filter, it would further reduce subsequent record treatment times by financiers and communities".