On Tuesday evening, June 7, 2022, The Tunisian Prime Minister Najla Boden, supervised the procession of the MoU signing between Tunisia and U.K. in the sector of sustainable energy, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Tunisians Abroad, Mr. Othman El-Gerandi, Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy, Mrs. Neila Nouira El-Gonji, British Minister of State for South and Central Asia and North Africa, and the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development in the United Kingdom, Lord Tarek Mahmoud Ahmed, and the British Ambassador to Tunisia, Mrs. Helen Winterton at the Government Palace in La Kasbah.
Mrs. Neila Nouira Al-Gonji from the Tunisian side and Lord Tarek Mahmoud Ahmed from the British side signed this memorandum.
The signing of this agreement falls within the framework of the working visit of Lord Tarek Mahmoud Ahmed to Tunisia on the 7th and 8th of June to discuss means of cooperation between Tunisia and Britain in various sectors.
Mrs. Neila Nouira El-Gonji stressed that this memorandum aims to support the energy transition policy by accompanying Tunisia in national programs aimed at achieving energy efficiency and helping it achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement related to climate neutrality and the reduction of carbon and greenhouse gases emissions, in addition to converging views between The two sides will establish a profitable partnership for the two countries within the framework of investment in the public and private sectors.
The Minister also stated that Tunisia will launch a request for proposals by the end of June related to the production of 2000 megawatts of solar energy within the framework of the concession regime, within the national program for investment in renewable energies and the production of 30% of electricity from renewable energies by 2030.
For his part, Lord Tarek Mahmoud Ahmed affirmed his country’s keenness to further support Tunisia in various sectors, especially renewable and sustainable energies, as one of the two countries’ priorities, by creating a financing line worth 2.5 million pounds to support British exports to Tunisia and to support purchases and services that will be included in the establishment of energy projects in Tunisia.
He also added that the United Kingdom is keen to accompany Tunisia in the direction of diversifying its energy sources by adopting clean energies, producing green hydrogen and adopting the latest technologies in this sector.