2018 OECD Economic Surveys: Tunisia 2018

Economic Assessment

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Tunisia has experienced strong economic and social progress in recent decades and, more recently, a successful democratic transition. The convergence process has slowed down, however, due to the low level of investment since the early 2000s, while regional and labour market inequalities have persisted. Since 2011, the external and public debt-to-GDP ratios have risen sharply. To put them back on a sustainable path, structural reforms that can sustain growth and competitiveness are needed. In order to boost business investment, regulatory and administrative constraints - including the many licences, permissions to operate and administrative authorisations, pricing constraints and restrictions on competition in certain sectors - need to be reduced. Strengthening Tunisia's competitiveness in global value chains through trade facilitation measures and greater efficiency of logistics services is also key. Encouraging women's participation in the labour market, adapting training to the needs of employers and reducing social security contributions on payroll will help create quality jobs. A new regional development policy, emphasising the specific assets of each region around the development of urban centres, is needed.


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Basic statistics of Tunisia, 2016

(Numbers in parentheses refer to the OECD average)

This Survey was prepared in the Economics Department by Isabelle Joumard and Christine de La Maisonneuve under the supervision of Piritta Sorsa. The survey benefited from the substantial contributions of Manuel Betin, Alain de Serres, Souad Dhaoui, Raja Dridi, Jean-Marc Fournier, Said Kechida, Hedi Larbi and Paul O’Brien. Statistical research was carried out by Hermes Morgavi. Assa Fofana formatted the report and made the layout.The Economic Survey of Tunisia was discussed at a meeting of the Economic and Development Review Committee on 15 January 2018, with the participation of Tunisian government representatives.This Survey is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD.This Survey is the first one dedicated to Tunisia.

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