France and Tunisia sign energy and ICT agreements
7 July 2011
France and Tunisia on Monday signed several agreements on energy and ICT, reports a press release published by the French ministry for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy.
"We signed a partnership agreement with three key issues: the energy security of Tunisia, its economic, social and territorial development, and the creation of a technological center of excellence at regional level for renewable energies", said minister Besson.
The international consortium Medgrid and the Tunisian electricity and gas company (Steg) signed a partnership agreement in order to realize the master plan for future electricity networks in the Mediterranean area, reports the Xinhua press agency.
The two countries also signed an agreement to install in Tunisia two demonstration units of concentrated solar photovoltaic energy.
Finally, France and Tunisia are to cooperate in the domain of open-source software and will create a program in Tunisia known as the "passport to the digital economy", which is intended to optimize economic growth with the aid of the Internet.