Steg to buy electricity from Akuo Energy’s solar power plant in Gabès

A power purchase agreement (PPA) has just been signed between the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg) and the consortium developing the 10 MWp Gabès photovoltaic solar project. It is formed by the French Independent Power Producer (IPP) Akuo Energy, HBG Holding and Nour Energy, Afrik21 reports. In Tunisia, the construction of a photovoltaic solar power plant in the governorate of Gabès is taking shape. The project has just been the subject of a power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg) and the consortium…

Tunisian film ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ wins at Venice Film Festival

The Man Who Sold His Skin, written and directed by Tunisian director and screenwriter Kaouther Ben Hania has won twin awards in the Orizzonti section of the 77th Venice Film Festival. The film won the Edipo Re Award which is one of the festival’s collateral awards. Syrian actor Yahya Mahayni won the Orizzonti Prize for Best Actor for his role in the film. The film revolves around Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian who left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel…

Over 2,230 Tunisians reach Italy illegally in August

Over 2,235 Tunisian migrants reached Italy’s coasts illegally in August, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) said in a report released on September 10. 7,890 is the total number of Tunisians who landed in Italy illegally between January 1 and August 31, 2020. The number of arrivals increased from July when 445 Tunisian migrants were reported to have reached Italy.  In the report, the FTDES revealed that despite tighter security in coastal areas, illegal crossings have been rising steadily compared to 2018 and 2019.  Between January 1…

Tunisia’s startups target saving water & bees to counter global warming’s effects

Global warming is having a sizeable impact on agriculture in some North African countries. In Tunisia, for example, a 2016 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, forecast that drought could deplete national water resources by nearly 30% over the next ten years, euronews reported in an article. The organization believes that these dwindled reserves could lead to a significant decline in vegetation, resulting in fewer pollinating insects like bees. Last year, the country had an estimated 12,000 beekeepers, according to the National Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments.…

Chinese grown Tunisian soft-seed pomegranates flood the market

Tunisian soft-seed pomegranates can be consumed directly without spitting out the seeds. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months and in cold storage for up to 5 months. It is a variety that currently has the softest seeds in the world and is also the best variety grown in China. The pomegranates grown in Sichuan are famous for their fast growth, early fruit-bearing, high yield, and early ripening. Sichuan, as a region with ample sunshine, a large difference in temperatures between day and night, and…

Zenith Energy expands Tunisian portfolio

Zenith Energy has announced a conditional sale and purchase agreement with CNPC International (Tunisia) Ltd for the acquisition of a working interest in the North Kairouan permit and the Sidi El Kilani concession, which contains the Sidi El Kilani oilfield, Oilfield Technology reported. The consideration payable by Zenith under the terms of the agreement is US$300 000. Upon completion of the acquisition, the company’s working interest in the Sidi El Kilani oilfield will equate to the daily production of approximately 280 BPD, the same source said. The acquisition is Zenith’s…

ACCI launches “Doing Business With Tunisia”

The African Centre for Competitive Intelligence (ACCI) announced the launch of Doing Business With Tunisia (DBWT) to support Tunisian companies in Africa and sub-Saharan companies in Tunisia, L’economiste Maghrebin reports. Thus, according to ACCI, the main services offered by DBWT are sector watch; opportunity detection; market studies; mapping of actors and risks; due diligence; business networking; coaching of managers; assistance in collecting outstanding debts, the same source adds. ACCI – with its expertise, references and network – appears to be the ally they were waiting for as it aims to…

TUNISIA: GreenYellow to complete two solar projects for 31.2 MWp

GreenYellow, the Casino Group’s subsidiary specialized in photovoltaic solar energy production and energy efficiency, seems to have found the winning solution for Africa. Present on the continent for the past three years, the energy company has been developing its portfolio thanks to financing solutions adapted to local economic realities. This deployment has just been reinforced by the acquisition of two new solar power plant projects in Tunisia, afrik21 reports. GreenYellow continues to deploy its green electricity offer on the African continent. The solar energy producer has just embarked on two…

Eni provides aid to support combating COVID-19 in Tunisia

Eni, through its subsidiary Eni Tunisia, has donated four lung ventilators for intensive care to the Ministry of Public Health as a contribution to Tunisia’s commitment to fighting the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Medical devices will be distributed as follows: • Two intensive care ventilators to be sent to the “Charles Nicolle” and “La Rabta” hospitals in Tunis; • An intensive care ventilator to be sent to the regional hospital of Tataouine; • An intensive care ventilator to be sent to the regional hospital “Mohamed Taher Maamouri in…

Tunisia goes up 5 spots to 65 in GII 2020

Tunisia has climbed up five spots in the Global Innovation Index (GII) to 65th in the 2020 edition. The World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO’s ranking published this week is carried out in collaboration with the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) and Cornell University. The 13th edition of the GII reveals an overview of the innovation performance of 131 economies around the world, analysing 80 indicators to evaluate innovative activities and measurable results. The maximum possible score is 100 points. The United Arab Emirates (34th) and Tunisia are among the…