Queen Rania Meets Tunisian First Lady During Working Visit to Tunisia with King Abdullah II

February 03, 2019

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Tunis) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with Tunisian First Lady, Chadlia Saïda Farhat, while accompanying His Majesty King Abdullah II on a working visit to Tunisia on Sunday.

During their meeting, the Queen and First Lady discussed common interests and noted the longstanding friendship between their two countries and peoples, and their hopes for it to grow. 

Her Majesty also visited the town of Sidi Bou Said, where she joined a group of Tunisian entrepreneurs, startup founders, and business accelerators for a roundtable discussion on their efforts to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

Hosted by startup accelerator program and investment fund, Flat6Labs, the meeting was attended by representatives from the education, aeronautics, e-commerce, and agriculture sectors, who presented their innovative solutions to challenges faced by their industries.

Launched in 2016 in partnership with entrepreneurial initiative Le15, Flat6Labs is now present in six countries across the region, where it utilizes its extensive strategic network to provide entrepreneurs with seed funding, strategic mentorship, office space, training, and other services.

Her Majesty is a strong supporter of young entrepreneurs in Jordan and beyond, working towards advancing innovation and development through the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF), which aims to be a leading regional resource and incubator for new and innovative ideas and initiatives in education.

During the discussion, the young entrepreneurs shared their success stories and challenges as they work to grow their projects. They also highlighted recent local improvements to the business environment in Tunisia through new regulatory frameworks.