Environment: Tunisia honoured at “Pollutec” in Lyon

correspondent Nedra Boukesra) – Tunisia is honoured, Wednesday, at the international exhibition of environmental equipment, technologies and services “Pollutec”, held in Lyon, France from October 12 to 15, 2021.

A Tunisian delegation of about 80 senior state executives and officials of institutions operating in the environmental sector and private operators, led by Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, Nizar Ben Neji, took part in the ceremony held on this occasion, in the presence of Tunisian diplomats, officials of the show and Business France.

This participation aims to share knowledge and know-how and bring solutions to Tunisia, said Ben Néji, who has been confirmed in his position as Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, in the new government of Najla Boudden.

The ICT sector is an energy-consuming sector and source of great pollution including digital (through the materials used in the manufacture, transport of its equipment and materials and then the management of its waste), he said, noting that this sector, often a carrier of solutions, needs non-polluting solutions.

For their part, Director of the Show, Alexis De Gerard noted that the Tunisian participation in the show as a country “guest of honour”, has been long prepared, which has allowed the two parties to have a fruitful exchange on the sectors of interest including water management, energy and waste.

For him, the stakes are high and the projects presented by Tunisia as part of its institutional stand or in the stand ” Green Business ” devoted to the private sector, are carriers of solutions.

During the ceremony on Wednesday, a video on Tunisian tourism was broadcast and another with the speech of new Minister of Environment Leila Chikhaoui.

Chikhaoui, who took office Tuesday in Tunis, stressed the need to update and strengthen environmental action in priority areas for Tunisia, citing clean energy, migration to a low-carbon economy, and electric mobility and strengthening the implementation of environmental strategies in relation to the circular green and blue economy as well as support for innovation and digitalisation.

It also involves the upgrading of production processes and management of environmental services (transport, sanitation, waste management, pollution control and vectors …) and strengthening technical cooperation and bilateral and multilateral financial in this field.

Tunisia guest of honour of the 41st edition of the show “Pollutec”, occupies two stands in the centre of Hall 4 surrounded by the pavilions of regions and French bodies and some European countries like the Netherlands.

The first stand is for the main Tunisian bodies active in the field of sustainable development such as the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), the National Water Distribution Utility (SONEDE), the National Sanitation Utility (ONAS), the Coastal Protection and Planning Agency (APAL), the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Fund for Loans and Support of Local Authorities (CPSCL).

The second stand is dedicated to the Tunisian private sector active in “Green Business”, where 6 Tunisian start-ups offer innovative solutions to visitors to the show, including water quality management, air, management of hydraulic facilities. 6 other Tunisian companies also take part in this exhibition.

According to its director, “Pollutec”, has this year 2,000 exhibitors, including 28% are foreigners. In 2018, this exhibition has hosted, 70,076 participants from 128 countries.

 

Source: Tap News Agency