YES. ICT infrastructure in Tunisia is world class, fully developed and digitized. The current telecommunication network in Tunisia is considered among the most developed and the most efficient in the region, and Tunisia aims to become an international digital destination to consolidate and strength the use of ICT in business sectors. Foreign companies can have communication links with almost any point in the world at advantageous costs thanks to modern and fully digital networks using optical fibres, SDH, ATM, ADSL and other extended wireless bandwidths, which can provide high capacity and speed for voice and data transmissions. Fixed, mobile and satellite telephony communication infrastructures provided by the four telephone companies and Internet service providers offer a complete and diversified range of local and international services ranging from audio, video and data services through any other advanced communication service.
YES. Tunisia has excellent connectivity with the rest of the world. 17 passenger airlines and 5 freight airlines serve Carthage International Airport with more than 2,000 weekly flights to 50 cities around the world. Tunisia offers, further, 8 other international airports serving the major cities of the country. Tunisair, Tunisia's national carrier, offers regional connectivity with the capitals of European countries with less than 3 hour-flight time.
Tunisia occupies a privileged position in the vicinity of the busiest maritime routes. It aims, through its strategic choices in terms of infrastructure, to accelerate trade and increase trade flows. The maritime infrastructure consists of 7 commercial ports and an oil terminal with a monthly frequency of 62 regular destinations. The rail network covers 2,167 km and covers the whole country. About 12 million tons of commodities consisting of phosphate, building materials, grain, foodstuffs, iron ore, zinc and lead are transported annually. The Tunisian road network extends over approximately 20,000 km of roads on more than 640 km of highways spanning the entire territory. It connects the main urban centres and potential development sites and offers highly efficient transport services.
Tunisia has 157 developed industrial zones spread across the country. New industrial zones are regularly planned in order to meet the growing demand for industrial land. In this respect, a new industrial zone development program provides for the construction of 64 industrial areas covering a total area of 1,599 hectares. In addition, Tunisia provides foreign investors with two operational economic activity fleets (free zones) with high quality services: Bizerte and Zarzis – Djerba. They host industrial, commercial and export service activities. Bizerte fleet is located in the city port (60 km from the airport of Tunis) and Zarzis fleet is located half an hour from the airport of Djerba. In addition to offering strategic geographical positions and proximity to the main oil and gas resources, the fleets provide investors with several financial and tax advantages. In Tunisia, the competitiveness poles have been set up to foster activities in training, scientific and technological research, on the one hand, and in technological production and development, on the other hand, in several specializations. The eleven operational technopoles are spread over several regions and cover all fields (ICT, biotechnology, mechatronics, food-processing, etc.). Tunisia has also fifteen cyber parks covering various specializations. Cyberparks activities focus on software development, website maintenance and design, and remote services related to communication technology (ICT) and call centres. These cyber parks are also incubators for ICT-related businesses.
YES. A pioneer in the field of education in the MENA region, Tunisia allocates nearly 14% of the total state budget corresponding to nearly 7% of its GDP to the development of its education system. Tunisia is also one of the first countries in North Africa and the Arab countries to engage in e-Learning. The education system in Tunisia, by virtue of its quality and accessibility to all, has reached significant results: 99% schooling rate, 6,654 schools, 275 universities including 65 private and more than 1,000 vocational training centres. Tunisia is ranked, according to The Global Innovation Index, 2018, 2nd in the world in terms of the rate of postgraduates in science, engineering, industry and construction. Thus, Tunisia is a hub of talents in the Mediterranean region with nearly 65,000 new graduates, more than 30% of graduates from engineering, computer science, multimedia and technical fields, and over 300,000 registered academics. In terms of the availability of scientists and engineers on the labour market, Tunisia is ahead of several neighbouring countries and ranks 43rd according to the Global Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum).
YES. The Investment Law allows all companies to recruit 30% of foreign executives during the first 3 years by simply declaring them. This rate should be reduced to 10% from the 4th year with 4 executives guaranteed in all cases.
YES. In Tunisia, the living conditions are highly appreciated and are similar to Southern European countries’. In addition to the mild climate and the variety of landscapes, Tunisia is equipped with all the structures and amenities necessary for the foreign investor to have a comfortable life, namely: • A rich cultural, artistic, historical and archaeological heritage. • Modern residential areas of high standing at competitive prices. • Many international shopping centres and hypermarkets. • Foreign schools: French, American, Canadian, Russian, English, Italian, etc. • Varied and developed tourist, leisure and sports infrastructures. • Highly developed medical services in terms of medical proficiency and health infrastructure in line with international standards. Tunisia is a leader in North Africa in terms of health care system quality.
NO. Tunisia is the 7th cheapest country in the world according to the American magazine Ceoworld ranking. The cost of living in Tunisia is cheaper than in 89% of the countries in the world (68 out of 76) according to the cost of living index of the specialized site Expatsitan. The cost of living in Tunis is among the 10% cheapest out of 248 cities according to the specialized site Teleport.
YES. Given its strategic location at the heart of the Euro-Mediterranean logistics chain, Tunisia offers a range of opportunities in various sectors, including automotive components, aeronautics, pharmaceutical industry, transport and logistics, ICT and start-ups, financial services and tourism.
Very competitive. Tunisia has one of the lowest trade cost environment in the MENA region, with lower real estate, labour and production costs. In addition, it offers competitive operational costs compared to other hubs in the Maghreb region and excellent quality/price ratio.
Tunisia signed 52 no-double taxation conventions and 54 bilateral investment promotion and protection agreements. It has been an original member of the World Trade Organization since 1995. Thus, as part of its policy of promoting and diversifying its trade, Tunisia signed various preferential bilateral and multilateral agreements with the EU in 1995. It signed a free trade zone agreement with the EFTA countries, an Agadir Free Trade Agreement between Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, an agreement launching the Pan-Arab Free Trade Zone with 18 countries of the Arab States League and became the 20th member of COMESA in July 2018.
The new Investment Law, in force since April 1, 2017, offers a whole range of financial and tax incentives among the most attractive in the region and in competing countries • Investment grants specific to regional development areas up to 30% of the investment cost up to 3 MTND and 30 MD for Projects of National Interest. • Investment grants for priority sectors and economic sectors. • Economic performance bonus for intangible investment and research and development expenses. • Profit tax rate reduced to 10% for off-shore companies. • Total exemption from VAT and customs duties on inputs of products to be re-exported. • Total exemption from profits up to 10 years for companies established in regional development areas. • Support to the employer's contribution. • Coverage of certified training costs.
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