Sousse Located on the Northern coastline of the wider Tunisian Sahel region, the governorate of Sousse has a coastal line of 75 km along the Mediterranean shore. It is bounded by the governorates of Nabeul to the North, Zaghouan and Kairouan to the West and Mahdia to the South. Its climate is mild in both summer and winter because of its closeness to the sea. 2
Number of jobs in industry: 44 606 including 29 149 in exporting firms employing 10 or more jobs.
Foreign companies based in Sousse:
Zodiac (boat manufacturing)
Herby Tunisie (mechanicalindustry)
Draxlmaier (automotive components)
Leoni AG (automotive components)
KBE Elektrotechnik (automotive components)
Heinrich Kopp (electricalindustry)
General Electric (electricalindustry)
Pirelli (automotive components)
Uniland (building materials)
Sousse has the country’s third university complex, coming after those of Tunis and Sfax, with 17 higher education institutions providing courses to some 34,400 students enrolled in science, economics, arts, technology and computer engineering. 6 Technological institutions are:
The National Engineering School of Sousse (ENISO)
Higher Institute for Computer Science and Communication Technology at Hammam Sousse
Higher Institute of Applied Science and Technology at Sousse
Higher Institute for Technological Studies at Sousse
The Higher Institute of Science and Technology in Hammam Sousse
The governorate of Sousse has 11 public and 108 private vocational training centers with a total capacity of 16,695 trainees in skills required by business companies, such as computer maintenance, industrial information technology, industrial electronics, commerce, clothing, precision mechanics, electricity and plastics industry … 7
The Monastir airport is 15 km (15 minutes’ drive) away from Sousse.
The forthcoming opening of the new international airport at Enfidha (a district 40 km away from the city of Sousse) will provide a second access road to the governorate by air.
The Tunis-Sousse-Msaken motorway: Sousse is 140 km from Tunis and 127 km from Sfax.
A large commercial port fostering the growth of import and export trade.
A railway line linking Sousse to the country’s major cities.
A streetcar line serving the whole coastal Sahel region.
The Pole of Sousse is a privately held company, founded in early March 2009 by the group Amen Bank / Tunisie Leasing. SPCS is a lever for economic and social sectors dedicated to the Mechanical, Electronic and Data Processing. SPCS is a space that contributes to achieve the following strategic objectives:
Bridging the Gap between Training, Research and Production
Promoting the entrepreneurship and the incubation of innovative companies, by disseminating research finding
Improving the ability of the industry’s competitivity
Encourage Direct Foreign Investment in Tunisia
In addition to a modern infrastructure, an ecological environment and a free access to high qualified intelligence, SPCS provides its customers:
The ease of implementation,
The recruiting of a skilled workforce,
The professional animation of the pole
The access to tax benefits and funding sources
Setting relationship with subcontractors, and other types of partnerships
Easy access to local and regional market
SPCS will be the only referent for the companies in all these procedures. 11
Concerning the Pole’s animation, SPCS is working to develop a cluster dedicated to Mecatronic. This cluster will be an interactive platform to bring together the different field’s actors. Companies can compare and find out solutions to their common issues. Access to the cluster will also be free to researchers and specialized students. 12
13 The pole of Sousse includes:
Industrial Support Area at ENFIDHA 50Ha
Technological Pole 34Ha
Off-Shoring Area 41Ha
Sousse’sTechnopark : Off-Shoring Area MecatronicIndustrial Area Data & Electronic Area Faculties & ScientificResearch Area 14
Forecasting Marketing The Enfidha’sArea will be ready for sale towards the end of 2010. The Technopole Area will be ready for rental by mid 2011. The Off-Shoring Area will be ready for sale in 2013. 20