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President Beji Caid Essebsi

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Country data

Tunisia 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 43.6 44.1 46.0 45.2 47.0* 49.1 50.0
GDP per capita ($) 4,178 4,177 4,305 4,198 4,317 4,467 4,503
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 3.1 2.6 -1.9 3.7 2.3* 2.8 3.7
Government revenue (% of GDP) 29.6 30.2 31.5 30.7 30.5* 30.9 30.6
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 30.8 31.1 35.0 35.8 36.3* 35.3 34.0
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 42.8 40.7 44.5 44.5 44.8* 50.5 54.1
Current account balance (% of GDP) -2.8 -4.8 -7.4 -8.2 -8.4* -7.7 -6.6
Inflation (%) 4.1 4.0 4.2 5.9 6* 5.5 4.5
Population (millions) 10.4 10.5 110.7* 10.8 10.9 11.0 11.1
 Unemployment (%) 13.3 13.0 18.9 16.7 15.3* 15.3 15.0
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2019 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

Tunisia trends

The terrorist attack in March on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which cost more than 20 lives, has thrown Tunisia’s fragile security situation into the international spotlight

Tightening security only way forward for Tunis Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Terror attacks such as the one on the Bardo Museum could send Tunisia spiralling into a vicious circle of deteriorating security, and the government must take preventive actions immediately

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Tunisia’s transition success based on consensus Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Political and economic challenges still ahead

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

Gouia: We have succeeded in securing Tunisia

Interview: Tunisia's foreign secretary on developing the country's economy Subscription

24 November 2014 | By Richard Nield

Recent elections in Tunisia will create a solid basis for a resurgence in economic development and inward investment, says Faycal Gouia

Sucessful election: The country’s high standards of education could have contributed to its quick transition

Still springtime in Tunisia Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Tunisia’s fragile democratic transition proves democracy can follow revolution

Nidaa Tounis supporters celebrate the parties election victory

Secularists triumph in Tunisia’s landmark vote Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Another hurdle has been cleared in Tunisia’s journey to democracy, but the future is still uncertain

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

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Bardo Museum attack

Tunisia's stability threatened Subscription

24 March 2015 | By

Tunisia’s most lethal terror attack since 2002 has struck at the heart of the capital

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi (R) with Prime Minister Habib Essid

Tunisia's new government faces tough task Subscription

25 January 2015 | By

Newly elected cabinet will need to ensure it can compromise to implement policies

Tunisia's new Prime Minister Habib Essid

Tunisia's tough decisions yet to come Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Economic malaise will challenge Tunisia’s new government

Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the Nidaa Tounes party, has claimed victory in Tunisia's presidential run-off

Tunisia takes final step towards democracy Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

Beji Caid Essebsi expected to win presidency

Tunisia’s election success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

From revolution to democracy Subscription

6 November 2014

Tunisia’s success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

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Special reports


Tunisia: The crucial transition to democracy Subscription

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

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Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Budget ($m)
1 Nawara Gas Field Development: Gas Pipeline & CPF Gas 395
2 Nawara Gas Field Development: Gas Treatment Plant Gas 291
3 Rapid Rail Network: Lot 5: Track Laying and Systems Transport 179
4 Oued Zarga - Bou Salem Highway: Phases 2 and 3 Transport 177
5 Sfax-Gabes Highway Transport 160
6 Sonede - Djerva Desalination Plant Water 94
7 Oued Zarga- Bou Salem Highway: Phase 1 Transport 90
8 Rapid Rail Network: Lot 1: Line D Civil Work Transport 52
9 Gabes-Medenine-Ras Jedir Highway: Lot 8 Transport 36
10 Rapid Rail Network: Lot 2: Line E Civil Work Transport 33
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Click through to MEED's Q1 2015 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: May 2015 All contracts under construction.

Tenders & project awards


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

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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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Beji Caid Essebsi Subscription

22 January 2015

Beji Caid Essebsi is President of Tunisia

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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