By bringing stakeholders together, Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) continues to build mutual understanding and strengthen relationships worldwide, across industries and in local communities. The initiative supports the mutual interests and shared objectives they all have in developing a dynamic economy that creates good, sustainable jobs in the region.
PNB has formed 10 local chapters in these countries across the region: Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, Mauritania, and Indonesia.
Through 2015, PNB has hosted a major US-based PNB summit gathering PNB leadership from across the world. Two follow-up PNB-wide summits were hosted by the Turkey local chapter in Istanbul, and two US Maghreb Entrepreneurship Summits have been hosted in North Africa.
In November 2014, PNB attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, Morocco to host a convening on building out a workforce development initiative with Morocco as a projected pilot country. Throughout 2014 and early 2015, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hosted a number of high-level convenings dedicated to discussing the youth skills gap in the Middle East and North Africa and forming meaningful, impactful partnerships to close the gap.
In January 2015, PNB, brought ten entrepreneurs, selected by a jury, from the Middle East and North Africa for an entrepreneurship delegation to Silicon Valley. There, the entrepreneurs met with leaders from startup companies at Target, Uber, Google, Facebook, Nest, Cloudera, and others, and received a half-day training session with the Stanford University Entrepreneurship and Design Program. The program was enormously successful and well-reviewed.
In addition, PNB hosted the third US-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunis. At the 2015 conference, Tunisian Prime Minsiter Habib Essid, President Barack Obama, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks to an audience of over 500 government, civil society, and business leaders from the US and North Africa who convened to address finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, renewable energy, impact investing, and ICT to foster an economically strong North Africa.
Over one hundred partnerships have been forged through PNB. As an example, companies such as Microsoft and Intel Corporation have fostered specific entrepreneurship curriculums in Tunisia. There are similar new partnerships that have taken place across the ten local chapters that were a direct result of PNB matchmaking between US partners and local partners. Over the past four years they have had over 90 projects which include local chapter-driven projects, PNB Secretariat-led projects, and partner projects in country. This does not take into account, however, the number of projects that have become annual events such as the Celebration of Innovation (COI) in Palestine and the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) across the Maghreb.