CITET was established on 25 March 1996 by act of parliament n° 96-25 and inaugurated 6 June 1996 by H.E. the President of the Republic. The CITET was set up to satisfy the needs of Tunisia and other countries in the Arab-African and Mediterranean region in terms of transferring, adapting and promoting ecologically friendly technology. CITET aims to provide help in strengthening skills and capacities building in protecting the environment, managing natural resources and mastering environmentally friendly technologies, in accordance with options taken at national level and regional priorities. Sustainable development is at the heart of the CITET’s mission. Other key activities developed by CITET are:
- Providing technical assistance to industry and promoting cleaner and more environmentally friendly technologies (Tunisian Ecolabel, ISO 14001, Integrated management system..).
- Facilitating the adaptation, transfer and promotion of technologies which are economically more efficient and ecologically more rational.
- Promoting knowledge and making information available on environmental protection, the sustainable management ecotechnologies.
Since its creation, the CITET counts on a relevant experience in a number of national and international projects related to pollution prevention and control, co-funded among others by the European Commission (CITET was partner of the INECO Coordination Action under the 6th FP), the World Bank (CITET is the regional coordinator for the Pilot project for the institutional strengthening of environmental impact in the Mediterranean region –METAP III Programme-, leading 14 Mediterranean countries), UNEP, UNIDO, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Spanish and Italian Agencies for International Cooperation.
Among the related projects that are currently under development by CITET, it is worth mentioning a project with the support of UNIDO and SECO (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs) for capacity building of CITET in terms of cleaner production approaches and systems. CITET is also currently leading a study for the development of a guide of Best Available Techniques in the textile sector.