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Seeking quality entrepreneurial location? Tunisia ranks 1st in Africa

According to the recently released Global Entrepreneurship Index 2018, which measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each of the 137 countries it studies – Tunisia is ranked 1st in Africa, in terms of the quality of the entrepreneurial environment

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According to the recently released Global Entrepreneurship Index 2018, which measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each of the 137 countries it studies – Tunisia is ranked 1st in Africa, in terms of the quality of the entrepreneurial environment.

This index is based on the analysis of 14 areas considered as key in the quality of the entrepreneurial environment.

The North African country owes its overall score (42.4 / 100) to the availability of private and public capital (venture capital) which is credited with a score of 70/100.

The ability to develop new products and to integrate new technologies is also a major asset for the land of Jasmine. The GEI 2018 reports that, the quality of human capital both in business and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in Tunisia exceeds the average of 50/100.

However, reveals the document, Tunisian entrepreneurs have a strong risk aversion. This lack of risk is mainly fueled by political instability. In the box of counter-performance factors that undermine the quality of the entrepreneurial initiative in Tunisia, competitiveness and the ability of the private sector to compete with the international market, hold a preponderant place.

In the Global ranking, Tunisia is 40th, followed by Botswana (52nd with 34.9 out of 100), the second in Africa’s ranking.

See the Top Ten (10) Africa Ranking, according to the quality of the entrepreneurial environment.

  1. Tunisia (42.4 out of 100)
  2. Botswana (34.9 out of 100)
  3. South Africa (32.9 out of 100)
  4. Namibia (31.1 out of 100)
  5. Morocco (29.2 out of 100)
  6. Egypt (25.9 out of 100)
  7. Algeria (24.7 out of 100)
  8. Rwanda (21.5 out of 100)
  9. Ghana (21 out of 100)
  10. Nigeria (19.7 out of 100)

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Israel-based oil and gas firm, NewMed, signs exploration deal with Morocco’s energy ministry

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Israel-based oil and gas firm, NewMed has signed a deal with Morocco’s energy and mining ministry and Adarco Energy for offshore natural gas exploration and production in Morocco.

NewMed made the announcement on Tuesday adding that it will collaborate with Adarco, and each will have a 37.5% stake in the Boujdour Atlantique licence.

NewMed CEO Yossi Abu said, “for a long time now we have recognised a huge potential in Morocco for collaborations in both the natural gas and renewable energy sectors.”

According to the deal, the remainder of 25% is granted to Morocco’s National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines, in accordance with the Hydrocarbon Law of Morocco.

NewMed is the main stakeholder in Israel’s huge Leviathan offshore gas field and is looking to merge with Capricorn Energy to create a gas producer focused on Israel and Egypt.

Statista reports that in 2020, approximately 23.3 billion Moroccan dirhams (MAD) of gas and fuel oils were imported into Morocco. This was equivalent to 2.6 billion U.S. dollars and represented a decrease from the previous year when roughly 38.8 billion MAD (4.3 billion U.S. dollars) of oils were imported into the country.

Overall, Spain was the main trade partner in Morocco in terms of gas and fuel oil imports.

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Nigeria’s oil company, NNPC, signs separate gas pipeline deals with Ghana, Guinea, others

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Nigeria’s oil company, the NNPC have signed separate deals with the national oil companies of Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone in furtherance of the planned Nigeria-Morocco Gas pipeline project.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari; highlighted the roles played by the participating countries to make the planned commencement of the project to fruition.

“Today, we will be attaining another feat by signing five MoUs with the national oil companies and relevant entities from Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone.

“From inception of the project to this stage, concerted efforts have been made by the governments of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco, which led to the very commendable achievements recorded thus far.

“As the strategic vision of our great leaders gains momentum, I would like to express our appreciation to His Royal Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for entrusting NNPC Limited with this strategic project,” he stated.

He added: “NNPC Limited will facilitate the continuous supply of gas and provide other enablers such as the required land for the first compressor station to be deployed in Nigeria, which is among the 13 stations earmarked along the pipeline route.”

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline mega-project had been first discussed during the official visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco in December 2016 to President Buhari in Abuja.

Nigeria and Morocco signed MoU for the gas pipeline in September which would link Nigeria to Morocco as well as supply West Africa and Europe.

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline mega-project had been first discussed during the official visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco in December 2016 to President Buhari in Abuja.

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