The pace with which the Tunisian industry is embracing technology and the use of intelligent industry or Industry 4.0 is still slow and has not reached the required level. This is was indicated by Director General of Industrial and Technological Infrastructure at the Ministry of Industry, Nada Achâal, in an interview with African Manager.
Yet, she stressed, industrial companies have no choice but to integrate into the path of the digital economy, noting in this context a “growing interest” recorded recently in the field of intelligent industry, as well as a digital transformation that is one of the most important mechanisms that will allow the further development of the productivity of industrial enterprises. This includes production activity, thereby supporting its competitiveness, especially by putting pressure on the cost of production, which will allow it to access new markets.
“If the European Union today tends to impose a tax on goods exported to its member countries that do not apply the standards used in Europe and aimed at reducing gas with thermal energy (carbon), then the transition to industry 4.0 will become mandatory, otherwise the Tunisian industrial companies will find themselves outside the global economic system,” said the CEO.
She said the transition to industry 4.0 includes all sectors and factories, but it is mainly aimed at fully exporting companies, in order to overcome the technical and commercial barriers that may be faced in the future.
Increasing competitive capabilities
She also stressed that the intelligent industry will reduce production costs and increase competitiveness in foreign markets.
In this vein, Nada Achâal noted that the preparation of industrial zones requires significant financial funds, an issue that concerns many ministries, she said, adding that “our goal is to cover all industrial zones with 5G technology and provide an advanced digital infrastructure so that institutions can move to the intelligent industry.
This initiative is part of the strategic axis that has been set in the industrial strategy and innovation to 2035, represented in the support of the digital transformation of the Tunisian industry.
The adoption of the digital transformation of the industry is considered one of the priorities of the industry and services sectors related to the industry during the coming period, because this approach will allow Tunisia to be a regional digital platform for the African and European markets.
New job opportunities
The most important objectives of the initiative of the transition to industry 4.0 are to support companies and industrial structures active in the technological field in order to establish systems and approaches for the digital economy and the transition from traditional industry to an intelligent industry that focuses primarily on innovation, technological development and digitalization.
This also includes preparing the technological infrastructure to achieve an inclusive development that helps promote innovation and push the growth of businesses in the digital economy, but also create new job opportunities in this field.
It is necessary to involve small and medium industrial enterprises in awareness campaigns on the need to move to intelligent industry, supporting their knowledge levels, increasing the employability rate of young people and facilitating their involvement in new opportunities by improving access to technology.