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Tunisia aspires to achieve economic transition phase, says Chahed

Published the:  07/12/2017

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(TAP) – Tunisia is going through a difficult economic transition phase and hopes for its success, Prime Minster Youssef Chahed affirmed Thursday stressing that the second phase of the Tunisian democratic transition will only be done through the economic transition.

The National Unity Government’s action plan is based on the Carthage Document that highlights development of renewable energies as a strategic choice to meet the upcoming challenges in the energy field and is one of the basic foundations to achieve sustainable development, preserve environment and ensure transfer of technology, he stressed at the opening of a conference on "Speeding up the Implementation of Renewable Energy Projects."

Sustainable industrial bases must also be set up especially given the increase of hydrocarbon’s prices, decline in domestic natural gas resources and the start of the implementation of an action plan aiming to reduce greenhouse effects in accordance with the agreement of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22).

The Premier recalled that Tunisia took the initiative years ago to promulgate provisions related to production of electricity from renewable energies and issued the appropriate application texts in addition to starting the achievement of renewable energies projects as part of a system of authorisations knowing that a set of projects will be announced as part of the concessions regime early 2018.

The implementation of these projects is part of the Tunisian Solar Plan (TSP)’s priorities that aims to achieve a set of objectives such as the production of 1,000 megawatts of renewable energies by 2020 that includes 650 photovoltaic energy and 350MW wind energy, i.e. 20% of the combined capacity estimated at about 2,500 million dinars, simultaneously with starting the first projects during the upcoming year (210MW).

The TSP aims to reduce consumption of conventional energy sources and the energy deficit, diversify the energy mix and limit the trade balance deficit which is mainly an energy deficit.

“The solar plan aims to reach a 12% rate of energy produced from renewable energies so as to reach 30% by 2030 in order to solidify natural energy resources,” he said.

“Tunisia attaches a special importance to the implementation of the solar plan as part of its determination to provide energy and develop competitiveness of national economy in light of the changes of international prices of petroleum and their impacts on trade balance and public funding,” he pointed out.