ICT: In Tunis, SITIC Africa 2016 hi-tech trade fairThursday, June 02, 2016 > 12:19:23
10,000 visitors expected through 2/6, sector is 7% of GDP
The main goal of the first-ever SITIC Africa trade fair, taking place through June 2, is to make Tunisia a hub towards Africa for Tunisian and European businesses, and to improve Tunisia's placement on an international level in the sector of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
The event is an expo for hi-tech, telecommunications and new technological opportunities offered by Tunisian businesses to SMEs from around the world, with an eye on triangular Tunisia-Africa-Europe cooperation.
Tunisian Communication and Digital Economy Minister Noomen Fehri highlighted that focus on Tuesday at the conference's inauguration, emphasizing how important the telecommunications sector is for Tunisia, a country that is decidedly advanced in terms of technology production and supply.
The conference's inauguration was well-attended, with a large presence of African businesses, which are experiencing strong growth and have increased 50% in recent years.
Hosting 300 exhibitors with 3,000 professionals registered, the event was organised by Tunisie Afrique Export (TAE) in collaboration with the International Tunisian Fairs Company (SFIT) and the National Federation of Information and Communication Technologies (FNTIC) of Tunisian industrial employers' association UTICA.
The technology sector in Tunisia makes up about 7% of the country's GDP and employs about 8,000 people with 1,800 businesses across the country, as well as specialised technological hubs in various regions. It's a noteworthy effort by the government towards businesses in the sector, sending the message that investors can be successful in Tunisia's ICT sector, or at least successfully collaborate with companies that are already present offering services at an excellent level of technology.
TAE CEO Farid Tounsi said he was satisfied with the first day of events, and said that cooperation, partnership and common knowledge are the future not only of Africa but also Europe, upon which the trade fair's second edition will place more attention.
More than 10,000 visitors are expected at the trade fair, held in the 40,000-square-metre covered space of Tunis's KRAM Exhibition Centre.