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    The Project:

    • The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)’s “Enterprise Development through Information and Communication Technology for Iraq” (EDICT) project, in partnership with the International Telematic University (UNINETTUNO) of Rome, is funded by the Italian Cooperation for Development (Cooperazione Italiana) and implemented through the support of the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Minerals, Kurdistan Regional Government – Iraq, Thi Qar Provincial Council.

      The project has the overall objective of helping reduce poverty in Iraq and creating employment opportunities for Iraqi people. To meet these ends, EDICT aims to support directly both Iraqi institutions and the private sector, mainly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through the use of information and communication (ICT) technologies, beneficiaries, both from Iraqi institutions and the private sector, will be provided with capacity-building inputs such as trainings, tutoring, and advisory and counseling services.

      This will increase the capabilities and outreach of the already-existing and UNIDO-supported Enterprise Development Units (EDUs) in governorates of Baghdad, Thi Qar and Erbil, as these Units host the technical infrastructure to facilitate beneficiaries to access EDICT services.