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Tunisia: Aerolia to launch new industrial activities incidental to aviation

Aerospace company Aerolia is willing to promote new industrial activities incidental to the aviation industry in partnership with other companies in Tunisia, where it will establish a stand-alone photovoltaic park to supply the aviation site of Mghira with electricity, said its President, Christian Cornille, who met on Tuesday, Mohamed Lamine Chakhari, Minister of Industry and Trade.

During the talks, the two sides discussed the progress of the action program of Aerolia especially in training, the redeployment of the company according to these initial objectives and the promotion of ancillary industries development of aeronautics in Tunisia.

The minister indicated that the sector of the aviation industry is new in Tunisia which requires from operators a spirit of complementarity and especially a better understanding of the specifics of the industry where the effort of training and coaching of human resources remains a key determinant of competitiveness.

He recalled the efforts to consolidate the site of Mghira, a suburb of Tunis, which houses the Aerospace Park of Aerolia, emphasizing the mobilization of local and national authorities to ensure the conditions for success for this project after the constraining business conditions suffered by the project in 2011.

Christian Cornille said “the success of Aerolia Tunisia will also be the success of post-revolutionary democratic Tunisia,” noting that the park of Aerolia, operational since December 2010, employs nearly 1,500 people with proven expertise. “A joint effort, he argued, must now be done to upgrade the human resources of the company in consultation with partners of Aerolia in Tunisia so that the training meets the needs of the plant of Mghira. He noted that “the qualification of human resources was among factors that pushed for the choice of Tunisia to host the new park of Aerolia and it is essential to preserve this asset.”

He added that the overall investment injected so far by the company in Tunisia is 44 million Euros.


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