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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

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

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

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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

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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


Tunisia Special Report: Can Tunis meet the expectations of its people? Subscription

Issue 1 6-12 January 2012

For a country emerging from more than half a century of dictatorships, having a coalition government is a healthy outcome

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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
Click through to the full data table on Sudan's biggest projects and their status
Click through to MEED's Q1 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2014

Tenders & project awards

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

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

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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

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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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