ITC and Expertise France launch EU-funded Libya Entrepreneurship Programme

3 November 2016
ITC News
New project offer training online courses to aspiring Libyan entrepreneurs.

(Paris, Geneva and Tripoli) – The International Trade Centre (ITC) and Expertise France today launched the Libya Entrepreneurship Programme, which will provide six-week online training courses for young and aspiring entrepreneurs in Libya. The programme is financed by the European Union.

With record high unemployment and a domestic economy that continues to be dependent on oil-related activities, supporting youth in creating and developing private businesses is crucial to ensure a more stable Libya. Through the Libya Entrepreneurship Programme, ITC and Expertise France aim to strengthen the skills of young Libyans and enable them to build a better future for Libya.

Composed of 12 hours of online training over six weeks, the Libya Entrepreneurship Programme can be taken either through self-study modules or through in-class sessions at one of the initiative’s partner municipalities and universities in Libya. It provides young, aspiring entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills to overcome difficult economic conditions, to understand the risks and rewards of being an entrepreneur, and to identify customers. It also explores how to find and grow a business idea, how to develop a business model canvas, and how to apply for bank financing. Participants who attend the whole course will receive a certificate of achievement.

In line with the pedagogical approach of the ITC SME Trade Academy, the course is designed to provide practical and relevant online learning materials to support participants’ skills development. The course is vocational, tutored, time-bound and evaluated, and aims to be as impactful as possible.

The course is part of the development of the Support to Libya for Economic Integration, Diversification and Sustainable Development programme (SLEIDSE). This four-year programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, will provide support to aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong focus on youth and women. In particular, it sets out to strengthen their capacities through training activities and access to networks. It will also provide substantial assistance to business support organizations, such as Libya Enterprise.

Libyan entrepreneurs interested in participating in the Libya Entrepreneurship Programme are requested to please register at

Notes for the Editors:

About Expertise France – Expertise France is the French public agency for international technical assistance. It aims at contributing to sustainable development based on solidarity and inclusiveness, mainly through enhancing the quality of public policies within the partner countries. Expertise France designs and implements cooperation projects addressing skills transfers between professionals. The agency also develops integrated offers, assembling public and private expertise in order to respond to the partner countries' needs. For more information, please visit

About ITC – ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, visit Follow ITC on Twitter: @ITCnews

For further information, please contact:
Nessrin Gaddah, SLEIDSE Communication Officer
nessrin.gaddah [at] (nessrin[dot]gaddah[at]gmail[dot]com)
+218 928 002 017

Raphael Dard, ITC E-learning Programme Manager
dard [at] (dard[at]intracen[dot]org)
+41 78 888 9768