Tunis, 5th September, 2012. The UfM Secretariat participated at a conference held by the DESERTEC University Network in Tunis last 3-5 September. Within the framework of this event, the UfM Energy Division held meetings with the Minister of Industry, Mohamed Lamine Chakhari, the Minister of Economic and Social Affairs, Ridha Saidi, the General Director of ANME (Agence Nationale pour la Maitrise de l’Energie), Noura Laroussi, and some representatives of the EU delegation and the African Development Bank. All of them expressed their support to the UfM and their willingness to cooperate on concrete projects within the framework of the Mediterranean Solar Plan.
The conference focused on the establishment of a DESERTEC Institute for Studies on Socio-Economic Development and Employment in the MENA region (DISEM), which could be a valuable partner for the UfM in the next future. The event gathered many scientists, academic people and representatives from R&D platforms.