Feedback on the mission to Tunisia

In order to strengthen ties between the Tunisian and European companies, a business mission was organised end of September in Tunisia within the framework of the AEWEN project. This mission aimed to explore the renewable energy and water sectors, to identify and start potential collaboration as well as to network.

12 European companies took part in this event, which began with a warm welcome from Adel Chaabane, representative of the Chamber of Commerce, and an overview of the Tunisian business environment. Fabienne Bosc, project manager of Environment Park in Turin and a member of the AEWEN team, then presented the project, followed by Omri Salah who introduced the Green tech cluster.

Over the first day, participants were provided with information on the water and energy sectors, including best practices from Tunisian companies and pitches from their European counterparts. The afternoon was devoted to productive B2B meetings between Tunisian and European companies.

The second day involved a visit to the Société de Gestion de la Technopole de Borj Cédria, where participants had a closer look at current projects in the water and energy sectors, as well as business opportunities. Onsite, the companies also visited two research centres, CERTE on water and CRTEn on energy. These visits were mutually beneficial, providing valuable information research projects and needs in Tunisia. There were also opportunities to continue to network with another group of Tunisian companies.

The mission concluded on Thursday 28th of September with a visit to the Neotex Technopark centre in Monastir, which focuses on the textile sector. During this session, participants gained first-hand insight into the energy and water treatment needs of industries. The day ended with further B2B meetings.

This business mission to Tunisia was a major opportunity to foster networking between companies, enabling them to build bridges between the needs and solutions, as well as to enhance strong commercial and business relationships.