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Agreement on German additional budget support to Tunisia to be signed Tuesday in Abidjan

Germany and Tunisia will sign, on Tuesday, in Abidjan, the agreement on an additional German budget support to Tunisia of Euros 300 million ($ 879.9 million) spread over 3 years, as part of the “Compact with Africa” plan, initiated by the German government to attract private investment in Africa, German officials at GIZ and KFW announced at a press luncheon organised at the residence of the German Ambassador in Tunis.

The agreement will be signed, in CAte d’Ivoire, which will play host to the fifth African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit on November 29 and 30, with the participation of the Bank African Development Bank (AfDB).

President Beji Caid Essebsi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui are expected at this summit, which brings together, every 3 years, policy makers from both continents to discuss the future of Euro-African relations and ways to foster ties between the two continents.

Officials of the technical and financial arm of Germany: the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the German Bank KFW stressed at the press luncheon the willingness of both institutions to support Tunisia, until the end in its energy transition whose main objectives are the promotion of clean energy (wind and solar in particular) and the reduction of fossil energy by 34% until 2030.

For KFW, the volume of financing for projects in progress or preparation is estimated at around Euros 2 billion, including Euros 1,090 million mobilised for water projects and Euros 377 million for energy projects.

The German bank is currently co-financing 3 major renewable energy development projects: a wind project in Jbel Abderrahmene, Nabeul with a capacity of 120-160 megawatts (MW) and another in Sidi Daoud (Cap-Bon, Haouaria), with a capacity of 50MW and the project of the first photovoltaic power plant located in Tozeur with a capacity of 10MW in addition to a hydropower project in Oued Meleh (Kebili) and studies and projects on energy efficiency.

GIZ, present in Tunisia since 1975, has contributed to 45 projects in partnership with Tunisian energy operators.

Its activities focus on promoting renewable energy, supporting energy efficiency, developing the solar market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials from the German agency said GIZ’s commitment also aims to help Tunisia contribute to climate protection at the international level under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In this regard, the agency plans to support the transport and industry sectors in Tunisia in order to improve energy efficiency and climate protection.

The agency is assisting in the revision of the administrative procedures for the realisation of photovoltaic installations and helping to train local installers to set up PV systems in 5 public and private training centres in Tunisia.

It also supports STEG in the integration of renewable energy into the national grid, while KFW finances photovoltaic and wind power plants and infrastructure in this area.

The Tunisian Solar Plan (TSP) is expected to increase the share of renewable energy from 2% to 30% and reduce the carbon intensity by 41% on the horizon in 2030.

German ambassador in Tunis, Andreas Reinicke said the future of Tunisia lies in the development of renewable energy.

Its renewable energy market is already showing signs of dynamism thanks to the call for projects recently launched by the Ministry of Energy and local businesses for the implementation of the PV plant project in Tozeur.

Local installers only have to contend with competition and impose themselves in these calls for proposals, he suggested in response to a question about the lack of local companies in this project, adding that what is most difficult is to change attitudes to ensure better integration of renewable energy in sectors such as the residential one.

“We have also been slow to promote these energies in Germany. With more communication and awareness, Tunisia will also succeed,” he said.

In Tunisia, there are currently 250 companies installing solar panels and 16,000 PV installations.

Source: TAP News Agency

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