Africa Ascending: Resilient Tunisia Turns on Growth

Africa Ascending: Resilient Tunisia Turns on Growth
August 06, 2014 at 01:08pm

Today, Tunisia is looking forward to an economic growth of 4.5% in 2015. Additionally, continued economic reform through increased private sector participation is providing reasons for optimism.

This resilience, as well as its successful democratic transition and ongoing economic and security challenges will feature during an Atlantic Council-hosted conversation with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki that is called “Tunisia’s Democratic Successes.” The event was held yesterday on the sidelines of the second day of the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

GE, which has worked with government and private sector partners in Tunisia for 30 years, is deeply engaged in Tunisia’s development across several sectors of the economy, including oil & gas, transportation, aviation, manufacturing, and power & water.

Recent projects include the fast-track expansion of the Bir M’Cherga power plant and co-hosting a suppliers conference in Tunis entitled, “Supply Chain Opportunities: Supporting the Growth of Tunisian SMEs.

More generally, GE helps support 50% of Tunisia’s electricity needs, while GE water process technology works to treat seawater for industrial use and wastewater for reuse as irrigation. GE Jenbacher engines also produce electricity as part of the Waha Flare Gas Project, while GE directly supports the country’s oil & gas sector with a range of field equipment that supports production.

Across the national rail network, more than 70 GE engines move people and goods daily. In the air, GE Aviation has strong partnerships with Tunisair, Tunisair Express, Nouvelair and Syphax Airlines, that GE and GE joint venture engine manufacturer CFM engines power 80% of the airplanes in Tunisia.

In the field of healthcare, more than 160 pieces of equipment, from Computerized Tomography, Radiology and Mammography to Magnetic Resonance and Fluoroscopy, are deployed in hospitals across the country.

For more on GE in Tunisia and across North Africa and the Middle East, click here. For more on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, click here.

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