Sfax Enterprise The Renewable Energy Investment & Technology Gateway to MENA Countries

Sfax Enterprise hosted by The Sfax Graduate School of Economics, (ESC) has been founded to facilitate the University’s technology transfer and Intellectual Property commercialisation. The superb track record of technical discoveries and inventions produced by the faculties at Sfax University are now brought together with the aim of forming International commercial partnerships via licensing and/or licensing and equity agreements.

In partnership with Probus Sigma and based at the International Financial Centre in Dublin, the Enterprise initiative provides an EU based tax efficient, multi currency investment platform designed to facilitate low risk access to the current $3 Billion renewable energy market within the Middle East and North Africa, a market that is set to grow to $60 Billion over the next ten years.

Sfax Graduate School of Economics, (ESC) is the MENA region central point of expertise for GHG technologies, including investment risk metrics and renewable energy technologies. Alumni of Sfax ESC hold significant financial decision making roles across all MENA Countries, therefore a commercial development agreement with Sfax Enterprise provides not only the necessary qualified third party attestation of scientific fact but also entre to significant sales opportunities via the established Sfax commercial network throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

We welcome enquiries from renewable energy project developers, investment funds, banks and renewable energy entrepreneurs

Please contact Chris Yates-Smith at cys@sfaxenterprise.com

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Rim Jemli, Nouri Chtourou and Chris Yates-Smith

Implementing the Neural Approach to Third Generation Classification of Carbon Intensity within Alternate Energy Projects

Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are determined by the balance between sources (emissions of the gas from human activities and natural systems) and sinks (the removal of the gas from the atmosphere by conversion to a different chemical compound). The proportion of an emission remaining in the atmosphere after a specified time…

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Soukaina Fersi, Nouri Chtourou, Colin Jury and Félicien Poncelet

Economic analysis of renewable heat and electricity production by sewage sludge digestion — a case study

In this paper, we assess the total cost of energy recovery from sewage sludge through anaerobic digestion with biogas utilization in combined heat and power (CHP) system. The important advantage of anaerobic digestion process is the production of biogas, which can be used to generate electricity and heat as a source of renewable energy. From this study,…

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Soukaina Fersi, Nouri Chtourou and Damien Bazin

Energy analysis and potentials of biodiesel production from Jatropha Curcas in Tunisia

Oleaginous plants such as Jatropha Curcas Linnaeus (JCL), not intended for human consumption but used for biodiesel production, could contribute to beneficial outcomes. This plant grows on poor land (arid and marginal land) and is drought resistant. Jatropha Curcas is native to South America and widely grown in South and Central America, Africa, and Asia…

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Rim Jemli, Nouri Chtourou and Rochdi Feki

Insurability Challenges Under Uncertainty: An Attempt to Use the Artificial Neural Network for the Prediction of Losses from Natural Disasters

The main difficulty for natural disaster insurance derives from the uncertainty of an event’s damages. Insurers cannot precisely appreciate the weight of natural hazards because of risk dependences. Insurability under uncertainty first requires an accurate assessment of entire damages. Insured and insurers both win when premiums calculate risk properly. In such cases,…

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Rim Jemli et Nouri Chtourou

La réduction des pertes humaines dues aux catastrophes naturelles en faveur du développement social

Les catastrophes naturelles sont classées en tant que risques du fait de leurs pertes fortement corrélées et à grande échelle ainsi que de leurs grandes menaces pour le développement durable. En effet, la gestion des catastrophes naturelles, comme une composante-clé du processus de développement, doit faire partie de l’ordre du jour de tout plan de développement…

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Rim Jemli, Nouri Chtourou, Rochdi Feki and Damien Bazin

La survenue des catastrophes naturelles : classification des variables explicatives par les réseaux de neurones

In recent decades, the occurrence of natural disasters has been sharply increasing. These disastrous risks hit different countries in many dispersed areas and will most likely continue to be real threats in the world. Since no country is immune to natural disasters. It therefore seemed appropriate to test the determinants of their occurrence particularly with…

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Rim Jemli, Abdelkarim Yahyaoui et Nouri Chtourou

Le développement de l’assurance des catastrophes naturelles: facteur de développement économique

Dans le cadre de la société contemporaine ou encore « la société du risque », comme a été baptisée par Beck dans les années quatre-vingt, même la nature des risques a évolué. Certains risques revêtent un aspect dynamique et dont les conséquences sont à grande échelle. De ce fait, ces risques, dits majeurs, remettent en cause les conditions de l’Assurabilité telles…

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Emna Omri, Nouri Chtourou and Damien Bazin

Solar thermal energy for sustainable development in Tunisia:
The case of the PROSOL project

The massive increase in production and consumption of fossil fuels during the 20th century was accompanied by several problems in economic, social and environmental levels. Thus, the energy as it is produced, distributed and consumed currently does not meet the requirements of sustainable development. Hence it is necessary to use RE that do not emit GHG…

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Emna Omri, Nouri Chtourou and Damien Bazin

Rethinking the green recovery through renewable energy expansion

The world today is facing the worst economic and environmental crises in generations. Hence, we need policies that can stimulate recovery and at the same time reach the sustainability. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP et al., 2008; UNEP, 2009a, 2009b, 2011) and many economists (e.g., Barbier, 2009a, 2009b, 2010; Edenhofer and Stern,…

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Rim Jemli, Nouri Chtourou and Chris Yates-Smith

Financial Environmetrics: Towards Better Financial Decision Making

Environmetrics is not as such a new science as it originated with the Ancient Egyptians whose word for sustainability was stability. And those ancient Egyptians were making quite an effective use of it in their studies of sustainable food production and conservation of natural resources which led to the creation of the earliest instruments of measurement…

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Inès Abdelkafi et Nacef Abdennadher

The Euro-Mediterranean Economics and Finance Review, Vol. 6(3), pp: 29-42
Politique Mixte et Dynamique Economique: Cas de la Tunisie

The intervention of the economic authorities in the global activity takes two forms: monetary policy and fiscal policy. In reality, these two policies are used today certainly jointly but there is a tendency to believe that there is a dosage made between both. It is this dosage which has an impact on the economic dynamic. In this paper, we assess the impact of this type…

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Inès Abdelkafi, Rochdi Feki et Damien Bazin

Éthique et Économique, Vol. 9(1), pp: 141-151
La prévision de l’inflation par la méthode des réseaux de neurones : Le cas de la Tunisie

The neural approach drew the interest of many researchers for time series analysis and forecasting in diverse domains. In this paper, we study the ability of artificial neural networks (ANN) such as “multilayer perceptrons” to predict the Tunisian inflation rate. We try to find a better technical of inflation forecasting by comparing the results obtained using ANN…

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Inès Abdelkafi et Rochdi Feki

International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 3, No. 11, June 2012
The US monetary dominance in Europe: A structural VAR approach

In this study we compare the monetary policies of the American Federal Reserve System (FED) and the European Central Bank (ECB). We identify the effect of US monetary shocks on the decisions taken by the ECB. Using SVAR (structural vector autoregressive) methodology which showed excellent capacities to analyse macroeconomic fluctuations,…

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Manel Zribi, Rochdi Feki, Inès Abdelkafi and Younes Boujelbene

IEEE Xpmlore, IEEE Conference Publications, pp: 852-856
The self-organizing maps of Kohonen in the medical classification

In Tunisia, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women; it presents the leading cause of female mortality in the age group 35 to 55 years. This paper uses a neural approach based on Kohonen self-organizing maps to perform a classification of tumors (benign and malignant) using a sample of Tunisian women. Empirical results demonstrate the relevance…

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Inès Abdelkafi

L’integration Euroméditerranienne en panne, CEMAFI International,pp: 137-152
Chocs Monétaires, Crise des «Suprimes», Crise Européenne: Leur Incidence en Tunisie et au Maroc

L’objet de ce travail consiste à étudier la sensibilité des politiques monétaires et de l’activité réelle en Tunisie et au Maroc aux variations des décisions monétaires de la zone euro et des USA. Nous essayons de mettre en évidence le rôle des politiques monétaires américaines dans la transmission…

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Mounir Ben Mbarek, Racha Khairallah and Rochdi Feki

Environment Systems and Decisions, March 2015, Vol. 35, No 1, pp: 133-142
Causality relationships between renewable energy, nuclear energy and economic growth in France

This paper analyzes the dynamics and quantitative relationships between renewable energy production, nuclear energy production and economic growth on the basis of quarterly data from 2001Q1 to 2012Q3 in France. We employ unit root tests, the augmented Dickey–Fuller and the Philips–Perron, Granger causality test and variance decomposition…

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Mounir Ben Mbarek, Nadia Ben Ali and Rochdi Feki

Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol. 16, No 1, pp: 1253-1262
Causality relationship between CO2 emissions, GDP and energy intensity in Tunisia

This article analyzes the causality between the economic growth, the energy and the environment, measured by CO2 emissions. Our empirical study is based on a series of annual data from 1980 to 2010 in Tunisia. Our study was conducted using the Granger causality test and variance decomposition. The empirical results confirm the presence of a positive effect…

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Mounir Ben Mbarek and Rochdi Feki

International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management, Vol. 2, No 1
GDP and Unemployment Rate in Turkey: An Empirical Study using Neural Networks

In this paper, we analyze the forecasting performance of artificial neural networks (ANN) models to forecast the GDP and the unemployment rate (UR) in Turkey. Our object is to compare between two econometric tecniques: the ANN and the classical econometric tecniques particularly the vector autoregressive model (VAR) in terms of their performance…

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Mounir Ben Mbarek

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy
Using fuzzy logic to renewable energy forecasting: a case study of France

The orientation toward renewable energy consumption has led to decrease pollutants such as greenhouse gases that affect human health, natural ecosystems, agriculture, and earth temperature. Despite the growing literature on renewable energy sources and its relationship with other energetic and economic variables, precise estimation and forecasting…

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Karoui Khayria and Rochdi Feki

International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management, Vol. 2, No 5
The International and Regional Human Development Indicators By Neuronal Approach

This paper uses a neural approach based onkohonen self-organizing for the classification of countries according to a calculation of the index of human development during 2010. We will try to translate the various indicators of the human development while focusing on the key criteria. The empirical results show that neural network is a promising technique.

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Khayria Karoui and Rochdi Feki

International Journal of Education Economics and Development
Gender inequality on economic growth: a time series analysis for Tunisia

This paper analyzes the impact of gender inequality of Tunisia. Our empirical study is based on a series of annual data from 1995 to 2013 in Tunisia. We have regressed growth rate of real gross domestic product (GDPP) per capita on labour force growth, investment, trade openness and a composite index of gender inequality. The empirical results confirm…

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International Research Journals
Journal of Research in Economics and International Finance

The objective of our work is importance of Education in improving economic growth. It is one of the important elements of human capital formation. The study aims to examine the impact of gender inequality in education on economic growth in Turkey on the basis of an econometric model. To test the relationship between inequality of education and economic growth…

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OMICS Group – Management Journals
Gender inequality and economic devevolpment

This article attempts to analyze the effect of gender inequality on economic growth using the GMM dynamic panel for the five countries of the Great Maghreb during the period 1985 -2011. The results of this study lead us to demonstrate, one hand, a positive and significant at the 5% of the population effect on economic growth and on the other hand a statistically…

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Mounir Ben Mbarek, Nadia Ben Ali and Rochdi Feki

Environment, Development and Sustainability, Vol. 16, No 6, pp: 1253-1262
Causality relationship between CO2 emissions, GDP and energy intensity in Tunisia

This article analyzes the causality between the economic growth, the energy and the environment, measured by CO2 emissions. Our empirical study is based on a series of annual data from 1980 to 2010 in Tunisia. Our study was conducted using the Granger causality test and variance decomposition. The empirical results confirm the presence of a positive…

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Nadia Benali and Rochdi Feki

International Journal Economics and Business Research, Vol. 10, No 2, 2015
Solvency analysis of Tunisian insurance companies using a neural approach

Insolvency within insurance companies has become an important purpose and a major issue of public debate. This reform can play a major role in protecting the general public from the consequences of insolvency. The research presented in this article aims to analyse the situation of Tunisian insurers’ solvencies (solvency or insolvency). For this reason, we used…

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