The Editorial : Zero year for the renewable

It is this figure which alerts us both by its contorsion and by its infinite flatness, the Eight: Indeed just eight national companies came this week from June 1st to bid for a first tender to nationals for the launch of solar photovoltaic panels to cover for 150 MW four cities in the center and South-East of the country.

I remain dubious, in this context, about the total absence of bidders for the wilaya of El-Oued, a lack of interest that certainly does not reflect the multi sectorial economic dynamics in this wilaya and its achievements. What is the reason? what about the consequences? At the beginning, the high number of collected specifications that were close to a hundred, augured a real competition, hence projecting that the national building of solar panels by bidding was going to make this industry the lever of the future energy security of the country. The cold shower is not the least, the 9 out of 10 disaffection of bidders cannot be simply explained in a reductive way by the difficulty of preparing technical offers in a so-called new field, and nothing re-assures that the submitters of tenders will be reaching out the dimension of the novelty of these new specifications, so as not to end up with an unsuccessful bid. The answer is no. The problem of this disaffection is elsewhere and it cannot be dissociated from the alarming situation of many sectors in the country, the staggering figures of about 3200 companies closing and the unemployment of 300 000 people, recalls the question of the moroseness of the social climate, the worries of economic actors and investors in the face of the political stagnation that the country experiences and the atmosphere of unease that catches up in the form of cascades economies indirectly impacting the country in a nagging economic crisis in the short months ahead.

On what and whom to count today to get out of this diabolical and deadly circle in which we dive hand-and-foot together, the political question and the popular demand stiffen the economic action, throws it to the back yard to the point where to speak about it would be off-set. The latin adage translates extensively this situation of living “Errare human Est, Sed persevere Diabolicum/ To err is human, persevering is diabolical”, this perseverance in wanting to ignore the economic question, will throw into precariousness and poverty thousands of families, and the tendency of of companies to liberate and then demobilise employees registered with acuity in the last two months illustrates this plunge into the acute social crisis. A situation of political stalemate with horizons of social fracture cannot be attractive for a serious investment in the future, including in the Oil&Gas sector, yet familiar with situations of non-normal status. Voices sing the song of the inclusive economic transition, others take into account experiences lived in similar situations, the debate tackled in this way, without a safety net, accentuates the fracture between the urgency of the measure and the threat of acute and impatient social reaction. The increase in the national consumption of fuels would have reassured us on the good health of the tertiary sector. However the same depression which affects this sector, reminds us that the mismanagement and the national overconsumption in fuels does not serve the economy and weakens all absolutely everything, and it is not about to stop; to tackle the leverage of fuel price increases would be a threat in the current state of the country, to somehow curb consumption which increased by 5% during the first quarter of the year, compared to the year 2018. It is essential that the conditions of the economic serenity of the country and its social corollaries are dissociated from the political and institutional crisis that paralyses the country. The question is whether we have enough means and depths to be able to do it before ringing other bells of a more serious depreciation.

 

Translated by F. Alioua
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