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 ($bn) 44.9 43.5 44.3 46.3 45.6 49.5 51.1
GDP per capita ($) 4,345 4,169 4,198 4,335* 4,232 4,533 4,620
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 4.5 3.1 3.1 -1.9 3.6 4 4.5
Government revenue (% of GDP) 29.9 29.7 30.1 31.3 30.5 31.1 31.1
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 30.5 30.8 30.9 34.8 35.4 36.6 34.7
Total government debt (gross, % of GDP) 43.3 42.9 40.5 44.2 44.5 43.5 44.4
Current account balance (% of GDP) -3.8 -2.8 -4.8 -7.4* -8 -7.3 -6.6
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 4 4.1 4.2 5.9 5.3 5
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2018 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: June 2013; *=Estimate

Tunisia trends

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:23 GMT

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, 11:39 GMT | 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, 11:58 GMT | 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, 12:04 GMT | 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, 14:20 GMT | By Paul Melly

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

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, 14:02 GMT | 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, 14:24 GMT

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

More MEED commentary

Special reports

Top projects


Rank Project Name Sector Budget ($m)
1 Mdhila Industrial Complex Triple Super Phosphate plant Chemical 360
2 Sousse Combined Cycle Power Plant Power 340
3 Oued Zarga: Bou Salem Transport 269
4 Rapid Rail Network Transport 196
5 Sfax-Gabes Highway Transport 160
6 Gabes-Medinine-Ras Jedir Highway: Phase 2 Transport 28
Click through to the full data table on Tunisia's biggest projects and their status
Click through to MEED's Q4 2013 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: January 2014

Tenders & project awards

Tunisia: Purified water improvement Subscription

21 March 2014, 19:42 GMT | By

Carrying out a project to improve the quality of purified water

Tunisia: Wastewater treatment plant works Subscription

21 March 2014, 19:28 GMT | By

Carrying out reconstruction and rehabilitation works to a wastewater treatment plant

Tunisia: IT services Subscription

21 March 2014, 19:24 GMT | By

Provision of IT services namely SAP CML, banking and integration to PS modules

Tunisia: Staff retirement plan consulantacy Subscription

21 March 2014, 17:11 GMT | By

Provision of consultancy services comprising the development of staff retirement plan governance documentation

Tunisia: E-learning course Subscription

21 March 2014, 12:34 GMT | By

Provision of consultancy services comprising the development of an e-learning course on a bank group’s disclosure and access to information policy

Local firm wins contract for Tunis Financial Harbour Subscription

12 March 2014, 12:48 GMT | By

Infrastructure work to begin on long-delayed project

Tunisia: IT solutions development Subscription

31 January 2014, 20:03 GMT | By

Development of IT solutions

Tunisia: IT consultancy services Subscription

31 January 2014, 19:50 GMT | By

Provision of IT consultancy services

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, 21:24 GMT

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

Khalil Ammar Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:23 GMT

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

Mohamed Kaaniche Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:22 GMT

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

Noureddine Zekri Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:21 GMT

Noureddine Zekri is director-general, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Chedly Ayari Subscription

20 November 2013, 21:19 GMT

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

Kai Dali Subscription

18 June 2012, 10:30 GMT

Kai Dali is chief executive officer at Compagnie des Phosphates de Gafsa (CPG)

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