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Focus : Africa
Helping Indian companies do business with Africa
INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance

Northern Africa               


Country Head
President: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali


10,486,339 (July 2009)          

$83.21Bn (2009 est.)

GDP Per Capita
$ 8000 (2009 est.)

Main Language
Arabic and English




Tunisia is located in the northern part of Africa with a total area of 163,610 sq km. The region has a coastline of 1,424 km and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Algeria and Libya. The country is further subdivided into 24 governorates which are as follows:

Tunisia has a varied economy, with prominent sector ranging from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, petroleum products and tourism. The agriculture sector contributes to 10% of the economy, the industry 35% and the service sector has the highest contribution of 54.1%. 

Tourism accounts for a significant portion of the GDP. The major attractions include the ancient ruins of Carthage, the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerba and the coastal resorts outside of Monastir. The tourism sector represents 6.5% of the GDP and provides 340,000 jobs.

The manufacturing industries, produce largely for export and is a major contributor of foreign currency revenue for the country. It contributes 1/6th of GDP and employs a similar proportion of the population. The sector is largely concentrated on textile, footwear, food processing and electrical and mechanical manufactures. Textiles are a major source of foreign currency revenue, with more than 90% of production being exported.

Today Tunisia faces the challenges of privatizing its industry, liberalizing the investment code to increase foreign investment, improving its government efficiency, reducing the trade deficit and reducing socioeconomic disparities.

Though Tunisia is a diverse economy the challenges it faces are of privatizing the industry, liberalizing the investment code to increase foreign investment, improving government efficiency, reducing the trade deficit and reducing socioeconomic disparities in the impoverished south and west.

Apex Bodies

Agence de promotion de l'industrie

Centre de promotion des exportations  

Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Sfax


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Useful Information

Government Websites

Government portal:
Ministry of Finance:
The Foreign Investment Promotion Agency:
Investment Portal:

Industry Association

Union of the Industry, Commerce and craft industry:

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