At the initiative of the Economy Department of the French Embassy in Tunis, the Alliance was launched on 5th July 2013 in Tunis on the occasion of the state visit of French President François Hollande. Its role is to encourage productive partnerships between French and Tunisian companies in the ICT sector. It is just one facet of the strengthened cooperation between the two countries which aims to:
Sofrecom Group, as a key participant at this first meeting of the Alliance which attracted about 40 companies, has already provided a striking example of the search for complementarity between the two countries by creating a local subsidiary, Sofrecom Tunisia, two years ago. This unit is specialized in developing high value-added IT and network services for telcos. Since its launch, Sofrecom Tunisia has recruited locally a hundred experts and engineers who now work closely with other Sofrecom entities in France and French-speaking Africa. Sofrecom's Franco-Tunisian initiative is already a resounding success, for almost 80% of the subsidiary's revenues are earned outside Tunisia. The Franco-Tunisian approach really works!
Moreover, at the Digital Alliance meeting Sofrecom Tunisia, now recognized as a leading Tunisian ICT player, spoke of its plans to partner with the French company QoS Design that develops and commercializes network optimization software. This new partnership, just one of the twenty announced since July 2013 within the Alliance, affirms Sofrecom commitment to developing Franco-Tunisian relations and its ability to address telecoms digitization challenges on both sides of the Mediterranean.
Finally, in presence of the Tunisian Minister, Sofrecom underlined the importance of creating in Tunisia an ICT observatory to serve all companies working in this industry. He reminded the attendees of our Group's know-how and desire to participate in developing the country's e-Administration, open data and e-participation. These three areas are vital to the improvement of relations between the government and citizens, and to the development of nationwide digital services. Minister Mongi Marzouk reminded the audience that Tunisia aims to set an example among North African countries in the exploitation of digital technologies. Nicole Bricq closed the day's proceedings by predicting that the tangible results and the numerous partnerships already achieved by the Franco-Tunisian Digital Alliance will open the way for other bilateral Digital Alliance projects planned by her Ministry over the next year. Sofrecom will of course be there to lend a hand.