By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy


Tunisia news and analysis, tenders, contracts awarded, commentary and economic data

If you are not a MEED subscriber but need access to trusted information, expert analysis and new sales leads then subscribe to the Middle East’s leading business intelligence service now


Tunisia_map_527x286px Tunisia+flag Interim_President_Moncef_Marzouki
Interim President Moncef Marzouki

Tunisia country datafile
Country overview
Government contacts

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
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2018 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: July 2014; *=Estimate

Tunisia trends

Promising development: Amman is now studying a proposal to issue its first Islamic bond

Wider Middle East ripe for Islamic finance Subscription

18 September 2014 | By Richard Nield

Sharia-compliant banking has yet to take off across most of the Levant and North Africa. But growing support from governments could soon lead to a boom in demand

Tunisia real GDP

Tunis looks for a smooth transition Subscription

11 August 2014 | By

While strong support from international financial institutions means Tunisia can overcome its economic crisis, its recovery hinges on successful elections

Youth unemployment

Tunisia’s year of stabilisation Subscription

11 August 2014 | By

Crucial elections will either see Tunisia consolidate democratic gains or tip the country into chaos

Ben Ali: Said to have stolen billions of dollars

Chasing Ben Ali's billions Subscription

11 August 2014 | By Paul Melly

Investigators and campaigners are hitting many obstacles as the seek to recover billions of dollars worth of state wealth embezzelled by the regime of ousted dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali

World map of phosphate production and consumption

Supplying fertilisers to the world Subscription

4 August 2014 | By

The Middle East’s burgeoning phosphates fertiliser sector is dominated by Morocco and Saudi Arabia

Middle East contracts awarded June 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2014 Subscription

31 July 2014

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in June in the Middle East


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

Tunis moves to reform economy Subscription

22 June 2014 | By Paul Melly

The political progress seen in Tunisia this year has led to renewed confidence and a big increase in the level of financial support from international investors

Filter Tunisia analysis by sector

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

More MEED commentary

Special reports


Tunisia: The crucial transition to democracy

11 August 2014 | By

Planned elections see Tunisia enter the final leg on its journey from revolution to full democracy


Tunisia: Sustainable job creation vital to stability Subscription

10 January 2013

Political change has seen little benefit to Tunisia’s citizens, but politial apparatus is being created to start employment initiatives across the country

More Tunisia 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**
4 Enfidha Deepwater Port Transport 1832*
5 Mdhila Industrial Complex Triple Super Phosphate plant Chemical 360
6 Oued Zarga-Bou Salem Transport 269
7 Rapid Rail Network Transport 196
8 Djerba Desalination Plant Water 94
9 Sousse Marriott Hotel Nejma Construction 90*
10 Tozeur Desert Tourist Resort Construction 80**
Click through to the full data table on Tunisia's biggest projects and their status
Click through to MEED's Q2 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: September 2014 *=Budget value, project in study phase;
**=Budget value, project in design phase

Tenders & project awards

Tunisia: Graphic design services Subscription

5 October 2014 | By

Provision of graphic design services

Tunisia: Wastewater treatment plant works Subscription

2 August 2014 | By

Rehabilitation of aeration equipment for a wastewater treatment plant

Tunisia: Judicial court works Subscription

2 August 2014 | By

Carrying out rehabilitation works for a judicial court

Tunisia: Gas turbine power plant Subscription

2 August 2014 | By

Implementation of a 560-660MW gas turbine power plant

Filter Tunisia tenders by sectors


ETAP Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activités Petrolières logo

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

Syphax Airlines logo

Syphax Airlines Subscription

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

See all company profiles


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

See all Tunisia biographies

Newsletter Sign-up

More sector and country newsletters

Subscribe to MEED to receive your choice of premium newsletters

Find out more