Tunisian regions assessed for attractiveness for business

All Tunisian regions were concluded lacking relative attractiveness for business mainly because of to the absence of a genuine policy of development of the country’s different territories.  This is coupled with a somewhat unpleasant living environment, all according to a survey conducted by the “Institute Arabe des Chefs d’Entreprise” (IACE) in partnership with Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

This survey identified various indices of attractiveness of each local governorate, based on a sample of 313 Tunisian companies spread over 24 governorates of the country said an expert of IACE, at last Friday press conference in Tunis.   The purpose of this exercise is to allow local, regional and national decision-makers as well as researchers to better comprehend the local business key issues.  According to officials of the IACE, the time has come to take a step back and look at how the regulation of business, the business environment and the living environment have evolved in each governorate.

The investigative survey has also revealed specific administrative procedures that could be the object of reform, so as to improve the local business climate as well as promote some dynamics into the regional economic development.

The study covers 5 areas of analysis, namely:

  1. The municipal participatory approach,
  2. The non-municipal services,
  3. Transparency and access to information,
  4. The infrastructure and
  5. The living environment.

This classification uses that of the World Bank in its reports on the climate affairs or by the Davos Forum in the preparation of his report on the competitiveness of the economies.

It also arranged the governorates into 4 zones (green, yellow, orange and red) with for instance the governorate of Tunis in green spearheading the rest of the country’s regions, therefore being the only one with a score above average, with 5.56/10.

Indeed, this governorate has recorded the best performance in the different areas of analysis, i.e.: municipal services, participatory approach, governance and transparency and living environment, with the exception of non-municipal services where Tunis ranks ninth with a score of 4.17 over 10.

Sousse governorate which occupies second place in the ranking with an index of 4.83, holds the best performance with regards to transparency in business management.  Kairouan on the other hand, is in an orange zone, thus occupies the 17th position with an index of 2.84.

With a score of 1.97, Kebili came out in a red zone, with the worst performance in almost all areas except for the non-municipal services.

The report on regional attractiveness is the first report on the climate of local case developed by the IACE.

It will be published annually, and like the Davos report on the competitiveness of the economies and the report of the World Bank on the conduct of the “Doing Business” business conditions.