As a platform for exchange, “A Swedish-Tunisian Approach to the Development of Sustainable Infrastructure” brings together key players from the infrastructure sectors in Tunisia and Sweden. The 1.5-day forum program is expecting an attendance of decision-makers from Tunisia as well as Swedish companies within sustainable infrastructure solutions.
Business Sweden in cooperation with Sweden’s Ambassador to Tunisia, organize a forum focusing on the infrastructure sector of Tunisia and sustainable solutions to current and future projects. The Swedish delegation will be headed by Mr Erik Bromander, State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure.
Tunisia's transition to democracy support an efficient business climate
Tunisia’s transition to democracy is a success story. With its modern constitution Tunisia organized free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014, praised by the EU. A new broad based government has started to tackle socio-economic challenges. Greater political certainty, reforms and a determination to spread economic growth throughout the country leads currently to an improved business climate. Furthermore, the ambition to reach geographical and economic integration of isolated regions makes infrastructure a top priority.
Major investments in infrastructure are being resumed
Tunisia’s infrastructure and construction sector is a major economic driver and a foundational component of national commerce, accounting for 13-15% of GDP. The sector was growing rapidly 1980-2010. In 2011, a plan for 2012-2016 was launched where public investments reached EUR 25 billion; a number of the ambitious infrastructure projects included in that plan is now being resumed with the support from international funding partners (e.g. European Investment Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, African Development Bank, World Bank).
Among expressed needs and areas of investment:
- Rail: Installation and maintenance projects within fiber optics, GSM-R and electrification. Maintenance of the train fleet for suburban train, long-distance train and freight train. Acquisition of new trains, renewing the freight fleet. New rails (extensions of current network) and maintenance of rails.
- Urban transport: Interest in high technological solutions, such as geolocalisation, CTC-systems and monitoring systems for buses. Urgent need to renew the current bus fleet. Need for maintenance services for buses and trains. Acquisition of new trains.
- Road: Signalisation needs. Interest in toll systems and high speed cameras. A ring road is planned around Tunis to help reduce downtown traffic.
- Port: Deep water port in Enfidha, extension and modernisation of the ports in Zarzis and Rades. Logistic solutions, including equipment (lifts, trailers etc.) and software. Maintenance of ships.
- Airport: Extension and sustainable development plans for the Tunis-Cartago airport. New runways at the airports in Sfax and Djerba. Interest for energy production solutions. Establishment of an educational institution in connection to Tunis - Cartago airport for airport personnel (pilots, technicians, air traffic controllers etc.) aiming to attract students from the entire African continent.
Furthermore, Tunisia is presently seeking foreign investors for EUR 5 billion worth of 22 infrastructure and development projects. A new Public-Private Partnerships Law is being reviewed, and will be adopted shortly.
The forum will support the overall relationshop between Sweden and Tunisia - and open up doors to ongoing infrastructure investments
The purpose of the forum is to strengthen the relationships between Swedish companies and stakeholders in the infrastructure sector in Tunisia. Participating companies will get the opportunity to increase their knowledge about the business environment and in particular, business opportunities within infrastructure.
We look forward to having you with us.
Registration deadline: 5 May 2015 (In order for us to set an optimal programme with customized meetings and attend to other requests we would appreciate to get your company's registration as soon as possible.)
For registration and further information, please contact:
P: +212 5 22 36 25 10
M: +212 6 61 22 78 57
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