If the ICT sector monopolises 11% of GDP in 2017 and if it is a very powerful sector especially for exports, this is mainly because the economy is in the Tunizan economy.
From this point of view, Tunisia is an exception in Africa, by the weight of the ICT sector in the economy, by the number of computer engineers trained every year (12,000 new graduates) and by the surplus of the trade balance – in the sense that our export of software and computer services far outstrips our imports, says a well-informed report.
However, several institutions and companies continue to ignore and punish the operators of the ICT sector in the Tunisian market by resorting to import software products, complains to our interlocutor.
To illustrate this anomaly, our source has 2 examples. Tunisia and some of our banks are continuing to import software from global banking, despite the existence of three Tunisian service companies that have developed high-quality banking software.
In fact, a company like BFI is even a leader in Africa, our interlocutor found, with more than 14 banks equipped with his Carthago solution. Only in 2018, BFI equiped three housing banks in sub-Saharan Africa, those in Senegal, Chad and, finally, in Niger.
On the other hand, our local bank has chosen Temenos as a solution for global banking in Tunisia, "prefering an outdated product because it is technologically developed in a very old language and at the price of over 50 million Tunisian dinars for the license and its implementation" explains our specialist.
The public administration has not been omitted, because Primatura is equipped with a public purchase system online "TUNEPS", a South Korean publisher. According to our specialist, this solution would be a fiasco, because it does not cover all the required characteristics.
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As a result, the government's presidency has called for a tender to replace it. "Which means recognition of failure," our source says.
Unfortunately, no one is a prophet. Tunisian software companies are no exception.