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Interim President Moncef Marzouki

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Country data

Iran 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013f 2014f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 44.9 43.6 44.3 46.1 45.4* 47.4 46.7
GDP per capita ($) 4,343 4,178 4.212* 4,318 4,215 4,345 4,226
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 4.5 3.1 2.9 -1.9 3.6* 2.7 3.0
Government revenue (% of GDP) 29.9 29.6 29.9 31.4 30.5* 30.1 29.5
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 30.6 30.8 30.8 34.9 35.7* 36.1 34.9
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 43.3 42.8 40.3 44.4 44.3* 44.4 50.9
Current account balance (% of GDP) -3.8 -2.8 -4.7 -7.4* -8.2 -8.4 -6.7
Value of oil imports 4 2.1 2.7 3.4 4.1 4.3 4.2
Value of oil exports 3.3 2 2.3 2.6 2.8 3 3.2
Inflation (%) 4.9 3.5 4.4 3.5 5.6* 6.1 5.5
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: July 2014; *=Estimate

Tunisia trends


Tunisia’s gas sector disappoints Subscription

24 June 2014 | By Richard Nield

Although a new deal signed on the Nawara field will help arrest the decline in Tunisia’s gas output, its other producing fields are still not performing to expectations

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

National Assembly President Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President Moncef Marzouki and outgoing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh (from left to right)

Tunisia adopts a new constitution Subscription

28 January 2014 | By Paul Melly

The new constitution comes into effect three years after the revolution

Middle East and North Africa region Muslim population percentage

Religious pluralism amid restrictions Subscription

4 September 2013 | By

Growing sectarian tensions are further restricting the Middle East’s diverse religious groups

Tunisia energy assets

Tunisia oil exploration gathers pace Subscription

13 August 2013 | By Sherelle Jacobs

Oil companies remain upbeat about the potential for oil and gas discoveries in the North African country and are making encouraging progress on their existing finds


Assassination stokes tensions in Tunisia Subscription

29 July 2013 | By Paul Melly

The murder of another opposition politician now sees Tunisia’s Islamist government face a struggle to restore confidence in its leadership

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MEED comment

Hope: Document paves way for elections later this year

Tunisia votes for secular democracy Subscription

30 January 2014 | By

Tunisia’s open and steady progress is the model that other transition governments need to follow


Ennahda right to remain defiant Subscription

1 August 2013

Tunisia’s political transition is at a crucial stage and if the government resigns it would result in fresh chaos

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Special reports

Top projects


Rank Project Name Sector Budget ($m)
1 TuNur Solar Power Project (CSP) Power 4,500
2 Nuclear Power Plant Power 2,500
3 TuNur Subsea Cable Project Power 2,000
3 La Skhira Refinery Oil 2,000
5 Enfidha Deepwater Port Transport 1,832
6 Mdhila Industrial Complex Triple Super Phosphate plant Chemical 360
7 Oued Zarga to Bou Salem Highway Transport 269
8 Djerba Desalination Plant Water 206
9 Rapid Rail Network Transport 200
10 Sousse Marriott Hotel Nejma Construction 90
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Click through to MEED's Q1 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2014

Tenders & project awards

Joint venture wins Tunisian desalination plant deal Subscription

17 June 2014 | By

Spanish firms will build desalination plant in southeastern Tunisia

Austrian firm wins Tunisia water contracts Subscription

8 June 2014 | By

Wabag will build wastewater and drinking water treatment plants

Tunisia: Road works Subscription

10 May 2014 | By

Carrying out road development works

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Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activites Petrolieres Subscription

Headquartered in Tunis, the state-owned energy company undertakes exploration and production of oil and gas. It also provides petroleum serices and trades oil and gas

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Syphax Airlines Subscription

Syphax Airlines was launched in March 2012 as Tunisia’s first privately owned airline

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Jaafar Khatteche Subscription

20 November 2013

Jaafar Khatteche is president and chief executive officer, Banque Nationale Agricole (BNA)

Khalil Ammar Subscription

20 November 2013

Khalil Ammar is president and chief executive officer, Banque de Financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (BFPME)

Mohamed Kaaniche Subscription

20 November 2013

Mohamed Kaaniche is president and chief executive officer (CEO), Banque Tunisienne de Solidarite (BTS)

Noureddine Zekri Subscription

20 November 2013

Noureddine Zekri is director-general, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Chedly Ayari Subscription

20 November 2013

Chedly Ayari is governor and president of the board, Central Bank of Tunisia

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