14 November 2012

Tunisia: Tunis Hosts First World Sustainable Energy Forum

Tunis — The first "EnerSol 2012" or the World Sustainable Energy Forum opened, on Wednesday at El-Kram Exhibition Centre.

The forum is a private initiative supported by such public institutions like the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME), the Agency for Industry Promotion and Innovation (APII), the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA), the Civil Aviation and Airports Board (OACA), in collaboration with local institutions and partnership structures, such as the Tunisian-American Chamber of Commerce, the German Co-operation Agency (GIZ) and the Tunisian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK).

The three-day event on sustainable energies and green technologies, whose works were opened by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, is a space for the exchange of knowledge on the novelties, the latest policies in the fields of sustainable energies and green technologies.

In addition to the exhibition of the innovation gallery, Enersol will be marked by three great fora dedicated to "General Policies and Businesses", "Science and Technologies" and "Civil Society and Green Employment."

In an address at the Forum's opening and behalf of the Prime Minister, Industry Minister Mohamed Lamine Chakhari said that Government strives, in consultation with all stakeholders of the energy sector and civil society, to elaborate a conservation plan and to develop renewable energies.

To encourage investment in sustainable and alternative energies, the State decided, the Minister went on saying, to grant authorisations to those electricity self-producing enterprises to distribute electricity via the national network and their centres of consumption and to sell exclusively their production surplus to the state.

In a statement to the journalists, Mr. Jebali confirmed Tunisia's will to further explore the niche of renewable energies. "They are future energies and inexhaustible resources," he said, pointing out that so much remains to be done to achieve the objectives fixed in this field.

In this connection, he underscored the need to revise the legal framework to promote research and adapt the education systems to the country's needs in energy.

The Prime Minister cited the project of solar energy production from the Tunisian desert, Tunisia's south, to be exported to Europe, specifying that this large-scale project, named "TuNur," of a capacity of 2,000 megawatts (export) and 2,000 MW (local market), will open new horizons before Tunisia.

He pointed out that there would not be any problem for funding "winning" projects like these projects which are also so appealing to banks and investors.

This forum-and-fair is attended by representatives of international enterprises operating in the energy fields and experts from several countries (Germany, Austria, China, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Korea Republic, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.)

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