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Gafsa Technopole

Consolidation and development of the competitiveness of the Information Technology sector in the Gafsa region.

Location

The technopole is located in the Gafsa / Ksar Airport region, an area served by:

  • The national road RN 14 connecting Gafsa to Sfax.
  • The RN3 national road at the airport junction. (About 2 km from the site)
  • An urban ring road (or ring road) currently under construction.
  • The future center motorway (planned).
  • 5 minutes from downtown Gafsa
  • 2 minutes from Gafsa Ksar International Airport.
  • 4 hours drive and less than an hour flight from Tunis.
  • Area: 100 Hectares.
  • A 50 Ha business area which will be developed by the Société du Pôle Technologique de Gafsa (SPTG)
  • A 30 Ha activity area dedicated to the Vermeg campus.
  • An area of 20 ha dedicated to green spaces / park.

Goals

This technopole contributes to achieving the regional and national strategic objectives of the sectoral technopoles, namely those of the ITC sector:

  • Create production and service spaces according to an international “McKinsey” standard
  • Have high energy quality buildings.
  • Giving hope to young unemployed graduates in the region in close collaboration with the University of Gafsa.
  • To give credibility to diplomas in the region through the establishment of an international "brand" (double diplomas).
  • 5 minutes from downtown Gafsa
  • 2 minutes from Gafsa Ksar International Airport.
  • Set up a pre-employment training system.
  • Promote continuing education leading to a diploma.
  • Set up a certification system.

Technopole components

A. Training, R&D and innovation spaces:
  • A Nursery, a Technological Resource Center (CRT) and an engineering school.
B. Production spaces and relay workshops:
  • Quality industrial buildings facilitating rapid business start-ups.
  • Spaces equipped to accommodate and respond to the need for rapid business start-ups (Business park).
C. Parks dedicated to innovative companies

The technopole's production park is dedicated to innovative companies related to the technopole's specialty. It offers established companies:

  • The advantage of proximity to R&D and technology transfer structures, of an adapted infrastructure and of operating in a partnership and networking environment.
  • Adequate and cutting-edge services (optical fibers, maintenance of common equipment, video surveillance, gas, wastewater treatment plant, etc.).
  • The park contains variable and modular lots with the possibility of renting personalized “turnkey” industrial buildings.
D. Common areas: A supportive environment
  • Business center: All support services for production activities, namely banks, offices, post office, conference rooms, catering areas, medical services and logistical support,..
  • Expo space (showroom, sourcing spaces).
  • Landscaped parks, large capacity car parks and sports and leisure facilities.
  • Administration Gafsa competitiveness cluster and representations of support structures and administration.

Advancement


The project site being located outside the limits of the Urban Development Plan of the city of Gafsa, the establishment of a PAD is therefore necessary, this is a rather long critical path since it requires a detailed development study, granted by decree!
This study is beautiful and well underway with SCET ‐ TUNISIE aims to create a new technological pole with an ITO (Information Technologies and Off shoring) vocation.


The study comprises the following 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: initial study - presentation of the project: carried out at the end of March 2011
  • Phase 2: town planning, technical and environmental studies of the Retail Development Plan (PAD): completion at the end of the second half of 2012.

Our partners


- Vermeg is a company specializing in the field of banking and financial software, and which counts among its clients international banks such as BNP and Société Générale. It currently employs 200 people. According to its general manager, the company intends to deploy soon in Gafsa where it intends to create 5,000 jobs. "At present, we are targeting 150 recruitments per year"



- The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has given its agreement for a support program for the Gafsa Competitiveness Cluster in its Technopole project, the South Korean participation concerns the conduct of the techno-economic feasibility study of the technopole , as well as participation in the establishment of a competence center. A memorandum of understanding is in the process of being finalized.


- The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has given its agreement for a support program for the Gafsa Competitiveness Cluster in its Technopole project, the South Korean participation concerns the conduct of the techno-economic feasibility study of the technopole , as well as participation in the establishment of a competence center. A memorandum of understanding is in the process of being finalized.