Name of the municipality: Bizerte

Population: 167,759 inhabitants (2014)

Area: 3,685 km2.

Capital of the eponymous governorate, the city of Bizerte is located about sixty kilometers northwest of Tunis, the capital, and 5 km from Cap Blanc, the northern tip of Africa. The city is located at the southeastern tip of an isthmus on the northern shore of the Bizerte Canal connecting the sea to Lake Bizerte.

President: Mr. Kamel Ben Amara

Contact: Mrs. Sonia Dhaouadi :


Main features:

Bizerte is a Phoenician foundation dating back to the 11th century BC, before Carthage and after Utica. Before the great works at the end of the 19th century, the city was composed of 4 distinct districts within the walls of the city: The central Medina, the Kasbah, the Ksiba, and the Rbaa (island) and an outside district: Houmet Al Andalous.

Bizerte is known for its ancient port but also its Medina rich in monuments, including a fortress and ramparts.

Main economic activities:

Bizerte is a major economic hub based essentially on industry, services, trade and agriculture.

Alongside the two flagship sectors of the region: industry and agriculture, whose contribution to the national productive effort is major, the regional economy is supported by the dynamism of a tertiary sector driven by the tourism activity.

Besides a heavy industry based on oil refining, iron and steel industry and cement production, the city of Bizerte is home to a well-developed and diversified fabric of manufacturing industries, a significant part of which is destined for export. The main manufacturing industries located in Bizerte are the following: textile and leather manufacturing, footwear and accessories, mechanical, electrical and electronic industries, yachting and accessories.

Conditions and Environmental Challenges:

The city of Bizerte is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly extreme rainfall and water flows resulting in increasingly frequent flooding.

In this context, the municipality is preparing rainwater recovery projects to increase water availability and preserve available water resources, as well as other flood protection projects.

Bizerte is in line with national objectives in the field of the environment, and plans to create, with the regional municipalities along its borders, an inter-municipal agency for waste management (study underway); it aims to digitize the cleanliness sector and quality of life and is carrying out projects to recycle green waste.