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SLEIDSE PROJECT (2016) Progress & Perspectives

Mr. Mohamed Alaswad, Expertise France, presented at Kick-off meeting Phase II, Tunis, 08 December 2016

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SLEIDSE PROJECT (2016) Progress & Perspectives

  1. 1. SLEIDSE PROJECT ( 2016 ) Progress & Perspectives OECD WORKSHOP: SME DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY IN LIBYA Mohamed Alaswad Tunis – 8 -12- 2016
  2. 2. Support Libya Economic Integration, Diversity And Sustainable Employment Program Is An EU- Action. Co-funded and Implantation by Expertise France Objectives : - Economic recovery and job creation - Improving the business environment including access to finance - Defining a plan to foster economic diversification 12-Dec-2016 2
  3. 3. SME’s Eco -System Institutional ( Legal, Polices & Institutions ) Entrepreneurship Culture , education & Skills Development Incentives and Public support + Incubation Access to Finance Market Creation & PPP Economic Information System Infrastructure ( incubators, Industrial zones & clusters) Business Diplomacy SME’s ECO- System 12-Dec-2016 3Mohamed Alaswad
  4. 4.  The aspiration survey has been carried out and is very instructive.  The on-line course for entrepreneurs is available since October 25th on the platform and registered as of today 800 participants.  Cooperation with Libya Enterprise has lead to 2 training sessions for over 30 staff  A working group on access to finance has been set gathering key economic players in Libya to work toward the establishment of a SME Credit Guarantee.  The programme is driving a community on Facebook of more than 3300 people eager to engage in the entrepreneurship route Major outcomes and achievements so far 12-Dec-2016 4
  5. 5. Focus: Study youth aspirations survey  Libyan youth are strongly attracted towards entrepreneurship (71%)  Public sector does not attract a majority of young workers anymore, 47% of the active population compared to 53% in the private sector  Although the total entrepreneurial rate is high, actual companies created remain small and mostly informal  Unemployment for the 16-34 category reaches 24% as a percentage particularly the youth aged between 20 and 29 with an unequal distribution: 46% of women are unemployed compared to only 13% of males 12-Dec-2016 5
  6. 6. Online learning for entrepreneurs  Partnership with ITC to develop an on-line course to sensitize Entrepreneurs. The course is in Arabic and customized to Libya. It is accessible 24/7 and free of charge. Libyantradeacademy.org  12 Libyans institutions are already partnering with us to run in-class trainings. 16 trainers were trained in October to run these classes.  To date, we are accounting 1010 enrollments 250 certified completion.  A press release has been jointly carried out with ITC. The sponsored ad on Facebook has reached more than 54 500 people and has generated more than 7 500 reactions and comments 12-Dec-2016 6
  7. 7. The Libyan Trade Academy Supporting Libyan entrepreneurs through practical training Libyantradeacademy.org www.libyantradeacademy.org
  8. 8. ‫ليبيا‬ ‫دولة‬ ‫العام‬ ‫الوطني‬ ‫المؤتمر‬ ‫الوطني‬ ‫التخطيط‬ ‫مجلس‬ ‫الوطنية‬ ‫اإلستراتيجية‬ ‫والمتوسطة‬ ‫الصغرى‬ ‫للمشروعات‬ ‫يوليو‬2013 ‫ليبيا‬ ‫دولة‬ ‫العام‬ ‫الوطني‬ ‫المؤتمر‬ ‫الوطني‬ ‫التخطيط‬ ‫مجلس‬ ‫الوطنية‬ ‫اإلستراتيجية‬ ‫واإلبتكار‬ ‫والتكنولوجيا‬ ‫للعلوم‬ ‫يونيه‬2014 12-Dec-2016 8Mohamed Alaswad
  9. 9. P0 6314 - Libyan Private Sector Development Institutions (LPSDI) Baseline M&E Data: Libyan Jobseekers 12-Dec-2016 9Mohamed Alaswad Youth Motivations to Employment Inception Report Prepared by Altai Consulting for | Libya –
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  11. 11. Future Box 12-Dec-2016 11Mohamed Alaswad
  12. 12. Entrepreneurial Dynamics in Libya 12-Dec-2016 Mohamed Alaswad 12 Source: Reports of GEM Libya 2014, Alti 2016 and OECD 2016
  13. 13. The most problematic factors for doing business In Libya ( 2014) ( OECD Report 2016) Factors Indicator Government instability/coups 82 % Political instability 78% corruption 78% Crime and theft 66% Policy uncertainty 58% informal economy 56% Access to financing 56% Inadequately educated workforce 56% Inadequate supply of infrastructure and Land 54% Poor work ethic in national labor force 50% Foreign currency regulations 48% Inefficient government bureaucracy 30% Restrictive labor regulations 25% Water, electricity, transport and communication 25% Inflation, Tax regulations and Tax rates 25% 12-Dec-2016 Mohamed Alaswad 13
  14. 14. SME Trade Academy participant locations The 1st course was launched in April 2014 12-Dec-2016 14Mohamed Alaswad
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  17. 17. Results to date 1010 participants all over Libya 250 certified Sirte Bani Walid Jalu Kufa Zawiya 12-Dec-2016 17Mohamed Alaswad
  18. 18. Results to date 44 locations Lead by: • Tripoli • Misrata • Benghazi • Zawira • Gharyan 12-Dec-2016 18Mohamed Alaswad
  19. 19. Supporting Libya Enterprise  30 staff of Libya Enterprise over 2 sessions were trained in Tunisia on business case management, accounting and finance to better accompany MSMEs.  A Business Plan Contest is being jointly organized with Libya Enterprise to select the 10 best business ideas (5 men and 5 women) which will compete during a final in Tunis, where European, Tunisian and Libyan companies will award the 3 most promising with prize money.  A strategic workhop to brainstorm the positionning of Libya Enterprise within the Libyan BSOs landscape will take place in Paris in December with a MSME expert and a communication Expert 12-Dec-2016 19
  20. 20. Access to finance.  Setting-up of the working group on access to finance which includes key economic stakeholders in Libya along with international experts,  The first meeting took place in Tunis and gathered more than 60 persons including Libyan public and private banks, the Central Banks, MoE, Libya Enterprise, regional banks and credit guarantee funds, private sector representatives, the OECD, the WB, and BPI France.  Large media coverage and TV broadcast,  Next meeting is planned on December 15th, with libyan Central Banks and public/private banks. The expertise is brought by BPI France. 12-Dec-2016 20
  21. 21. • Support Creation of EU- Libya Trade center - EF Contracted with Global cool and the report will be delivered by Feb.2017 12-Dec-2016 21
  22. 22. Lessons learned  The youth in Libya is eager to move forward and find a decent job, although opportunities are lacking for now;  The online approach is working, even with limited interned speed;  Further effort on disseminating the entrepreneurship culture is needed to overcome the social perception of being an entrepeneur.  Coaching mechanisms and technical assistance services for start-ups and MSMEs are not commonly known and would need to be developped.  Existing SMEs are despertly in need of capital and/or investment. Possibilities to get funding through classical financing tools are almost non-existant  The existing business environment severly hinders the development of a sound private sector. 12-Dec-2016 22
  23. 23. Preliminary strategy for 2017/2018 1. Focus on providing the youth with self-employment opportunities and in disseminating the entrepreneurship culture 2. Support the development and the establishment of Business Support Centers 3. Work toward a better access to finance MSMEs and start-ups 4. Improve the overall business environment in focusing on public policies 12-Dec-2016 23
  24. 24. Thank You 12-Dec-2016 24

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