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Why Béja ?

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A predominantly agricultural economy

  • Thanks to its wealth of water resources (565 million m3 mobilized by three large dams, 22 hill dams and 56 hill lakes) and natural resources (soil type and size of arable farmland with 251,000 ha, of which 25.6 thousand ha of irrigated areas), agriculture constitutes the first economic activity of the region which ranks the Governorate of Beja among the top governorates in the country's agricultural production.
    This productive agricultural potential allows the region to participate at a substantial rate in domestic production of strategic food products namely cereals (25 % of national production) milk production (12 % of national production), red meat production (11 % of national production) and fresh water fisheries (70 % of national production). The region also has 1,300 ha mainly used for organic arboriculture (olive trees).

  • Because of its agricultural wealth, the industrial activity of the region is dominated by the food industry with 27 oil mills, 2 units for processing tomatoes, the sugar factory in Beja, a unit of yeast production, a semolina processing mill, a soft drinks factory, a central dairy...
    The governorate also has 107 industrial units (with a workforce of 10 or more employees) of which 22 totally exporting units and 39 foreign companies. These units mainly operate in the sectors of industry, services, agriculture and tourism.

  • The fisheries potential of the region, estimated at 800 tons of passing fish remains underexploited. However aquaculture in dams enabled the development of several species mainly: barbells, eels, carps, mullets and catfish.

  • Tourism is yet another under-exploited sector despite the existence of various archaeological sites (Dougga, Aïn Tounga and Fouar), a significant forestry potential and several thermal spas (Bir Syala, sources of Goussa and Ain sallam). Once developed, these elements will promote the cultural, ecological and thermal tourism in the region.

A continuously evolving infrastructure

The governorate of Beja is easily accessible thanks to:

  • the highway Tunis-Oued Zargua;

  • a road network consisting of 4 national roads linking the capital to the governorate, the East and the West of the country;

  • a rail network linking the capital to the west of the country to the Algerian border...Béja is 65 km from the International Airport of Tabarka and 100 km from the ports of Bizerte and of Tunis.

The region also hosts several available industrial zones prepared to host new projects.

Available Human Resources

The labor market offers skilled human resources trained in higher education institutions located in the region that specialize in fields related to the economic activities of the region and whose number is constantly increasing. These institutions are :

Beja also has 9 public and 15 private vocational training centers with a capacity of 3,120 training positions. The main fields of the training programs offered by these centers are: automotive mechanics, general mechanics, electricity, clothing industry, crafts, agriculture and health.