Sousse

Name Of The City / Municipality

Sousse (in Arabic: سوسة)
Special Delegation (provisional municipal council designated after the revolution, following a general consensus between political parties, civil society, professional organizations and trade unions).
After Tunisia's new constitution was adopted in January 26, 2014 and promulgated in February 10 of the same year), municipal elections were scheduled in 2015.

Region

Tunisian Sahel (Coastal zone of the center of the country). Governorate of Sousse

 

Population

185,263 according to the 2004 census.

230,000 according to current estimates.

Area

2,669 km²

Name Of The President Of The Urban Municipality

Mohamed Mokni, Mayor of Sousse, Chairman of the special delegation of the municipality of Sousse

Contact

Mohamed Mokni: Mayor of Sousse
Phone: +21673,225 081
Hatem Chaker: general secretary of the municipality of Sousse
Phone: +216 73 221 040 - Fax: +216 73 228 924

Website

http://www.commune-sousse.gov.tn/fr/actualite.php

Main Features: Cultural or Historical Status/Tourism Attractions/ Natural Sites

Sousse is a flagship city full of history with many valuable remnants known internationally. The city was able to embrace harmoniously modernity and become a major economic centre and a hub for Mediterranean tourism. Today it is a regional metropolis in permanent expansion.
It is the chief city for the governorate of the same name, and is the third most important city in Tunisia in terms of population, territory and economy. It has undergone remarkable growth since the 60s, making it Central Tunisia's engine and a pillar of the national economy.
Because of the prominent place it occupies along the Mediterranean, coastal tourism has shaped the urban landscape and contributed significantly to the development of all its potentials. Its beautiful coastline and the brightness of its sky have always been admired by famous travelers, such as Maupassant, Gide, Paul Klee and others. Every year some 1.5 million tourists visit Sousse. The city's population increases by twofold during the summer season. Sousse prides itself in its ancient origins, rich heritage and enviable geographic location. It was able to take the best part of the Mediterranean Sea to become a true melting pot for major cultures. Hence it has become a cosmopolitan city, welcoming people from all regions and cultures.
A "Crossroads for Civilizations", a "Pearl of the Sahel", these metaphors accurately describes Sousse, a city with different facets." (Source: Website of Sousse Municipality)
The Medina of Sousse, a historic centre, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 09, 1988.

Main Economic Activities (Industrial, Agricultural)

Tourism
Light industries
Services

Challenges Of Sustainable Development

Sousse has a direct influence on the whole region of central Tunisia. With its dynamic job market, infrastructure, and being a university, tourism and industrial city, Sousse is a very attractive city, marked by its demographic dynamism.
Because of this increased dynamics many social and urban growth issues have emerged. The most visible are massive immigration which causes the proliferation of informal neighbourhoods, populated by low-income families. These neighbourhoods considerably affect the aesthetics of the city.
Parallel trade is also a phenomenon related to this dynamics which the municipality is unable to control or manage.
The city also faces traffic and parking problems, increased unemployment, insecurity as well as over-exploitation of resources...

Energy Conditions/ Challenges

Tunisia has deficient energy situation. The State has adopted concrete measures for rationalising energy consumption and encouraging the implementation of a pro renewable-energy strategy.
The city of Sousse has consistently adhered to different approaches for renewable energy development, particularly solar power and energy consumption savings through ambitious programs of energy efficiency and rational use of energy.
To promote renewable energy, and given that solar energy can increase power production, the municipality has set up a series of actions, with the close support of the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) to use solar power in water heating for its sports facilities.
It also introduced the "energy audit" concept to help promote low energy consumption buildings (Example: Sousse Olympic swimming pool currently under development).
Sousse is aware of its obligation to ensure a rational use of energy to cope with its energy challenges. Although the renewable energy sector is facing significant shortcomings in technical, logistical and human resources, there is a strong will to ensure optimal options is shared by the public authorities, the private sector and the civil society .