Habemus Solutions, the German company specialising in electronic engineering and embedded software, which has been operating in Sfax since 2020, has just announced the opening of a second office in the Tunisian capital, Tunis. The announcement was made by its Managing Director, Gottfried Fisher, during his meeting with Mr Jalel TEBIB, Managing Director of FIPA Tunisia, on Tuesday 15 April.

This expansion confirms the favourable propensity for growth in digital activities and the availability of conditions conducive to the exploration of new markets in Tunisia. With an annual growth rate of around 11%, the digital sector now contributes 4.3% of GDP, making it one of the three most attractive sectors for international companies, alongside the automotive and aeronautical sectors, as well as textiles and clothing.

Mr Fischer, CEO of Habemus Solutions, expressed his satisfaction with the high-level skills and favourable regulatory framework offered by Tunisia, opening up promising prospects for the company’s future. He stressed that from the Tunisian platform, development opportunities easily extend to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The new site will enable Habemus to increase its workforce to around forty engineers based in Sfax and Tunis, reinforcing its commitment to the country’s economic and technological development.

On 12 April 2024, Visteon Tunisia, which specialises in electronic automotive components, inaugurated a new unit in Bir El Bey, Tunisia, in the presence of Sachin Lawande, Group Executive Director.

The new unit was set up by 100% Tunisian skills in the space of ten months, with a 60% integration rate, to create 400 additional jobs by 2024. The new plant is expected to create 1,000 direct jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs by 2028, at an investment cost of $50 million.

The Visteon Tunisia group is an exporting company that has been operating in Tunisia since 1991, manufacturing automotive electronic components and employing 350 people.

Headquartered in Van Buren Township, Michigan in the United States of America, Visteon is present in 17 countries around the world, where it employs 10,000 people. At the end of 2023, Visteon had annual sales of approximately USD 3.95 billion and had recorded USD 7.2 billion in new business.

The Japanese giant and global leader, Sumitomo, has begun construction on its third automotive wiring harness factory in Tunisia, following the installations in Jendouba and El-Fejja. The new production unit, Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze Tunisia, will focus on manufacturing wiring harnesses for Mercedes electric vehicles. It will be located in the Ertiyah 2 industrial zone in Jendouba, covering a total area of ​​10 hectares, with 5 hectares being covered.
The investment in this new factory will amount to 91 million Tunisian dinars (MDT), and production is expected to start in 2025, creating 1,920 jobs. The inauguration and monitoring of Sumitomo’s activities were marked by the on-site visit of the Japanese Ambassador to Tunisia, Takeshi Osuga, the CEO of Fipa, Jalel Tebib, the President of the Industrial Land Agency (Afi), Kais Mejri, and the CEO of the Tunisian-Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nacef Belkhiria.

The Swiss group Zühlke Engineering, which specialises in strategy, innovation and the development of digital solutions and applications, has decided to set up in Tunisia, according to Predrag Poposki, the group’s projects and investment manager, at a meeting on Wednesday with Jalel Tebib, Director General of the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA Tunisia).

“In the immediate future, Zühlke Engineering, which has operations in around ten countries, plans to recruit around thirty Tunisian engineers in specialised fields, with a view to doubling this number in the medium term,” FIPA said in a press release issued in Tunis on Thursday.

The decision to locate in Tunisia was based on a number of factors, including the availability of engineering talent, strategic positioning, proximity and cultural diversity, added Poposki.

For his part, Tebib congratulated the representative of Zühlke Engineering on his choice of Tunisia, while confirming that the specific features of the Tunisian business climate and the regulatory framework for investment militate in favour of such a decision.

The CEO of FIPA also presented the role of FIPA-Tunisia in terms of advice, guidance and assistance, reiterating the commitment of the Agency’s team to monitor the establishment of Zühlke in Tunisia under the best possible conditions.

According to the BMI Tunisia Country Risk Report, Q2 2024, forecasts indicate a modest improvement in real GDP growth from 0.5% in 2023 to 1.3% in 2024, driven by factors such as increased household consumption and controlled import growth. According to BMI’s Tunisia Country Risk Report for the second quarter of 2024, forecasts point to a modest improvement in real GDP growth from 0.5% in 2023 to 1.3% in 2024, supported by factors such as an increase in household consumption and restrained import growth. The diversification of the economy through services, agriculture and manufacturing contributes to its stability.

In addition, the BMI report mentions that Tunisia’s high level of human capital development and its geographical proximity to European markets make it an attractive destination for foreign investment, particularly in sectors such as energy. The report also points out that long-term growth opportunities exist in sectors such as tourism, subject to sustained security and sufficient foreign investment. Reform efforts, supported by organizations such as the IMF, have the potential to improve investor confidence and unlock financing from bilateral and multilateral sources.

Despite recent constitutional changes, the Tunisia Country Risk Report highlights Tunisia’s reputation as the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring that continues to facilitate access to international aid, loans and investment, notably from the EU. Closer ties with wealthier markets, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council, offer prospects for financial support and investment, contributing to economic growth and job creation. Overall, despite persistent challenges, Tunisia’s economic outlook remains promising, underpinned by ongoing reforms and strategic partnerships.

The first subsidiary of “ETILOG”, based in Presov, Slovakia, and specialized in the manufacture of special packaging for the automotive and aerospace industries, will soon be set up in the Sbikha2 industrial zone in Kairouan (central Tunisia). The first phase will create 210 jobs, according to the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA-Tunisie).
In anticipation of this imminent establishment, the first of its kind in Africa, a delegation from this company, European leader in packaging systems with 3 production sites in Eastern Europe, recently visited Tunisia to “pursue discussions concerning the progress of the implementation of its subsidiary”, indicated the same source on Monday.
ETILOG is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of special packaging for the automotive and aerospace industries.
The automotive components industry is a fast-growing sector and one of the pillars of the Tunisian economy.
Today, Tunisia has around 200 companies active in the automotive sector, generating 16% of the country’s exports. In recent years, the automotive components sector, with its electrical and electronics branch, has become the leading industrial sector for foreign direct investment.

The company PSZ Electronic, specialized in the manufacture of electrical and telephone cables, intends to expand further in Tunisia by opening in January 2024 its 4th unit at the Ghezala industrial Zone in the Bizerte governorate.

A working session, aimed at monitoring administrative and land developments, was held on December 12, 2023 by the Director General of the External Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA-Tunisia) Jalel Tebib, the President and CEO of the Industrial Land Agency (AFI) Kais Mejri, the Head of PSZ Béchir Labben and the Delegate of the city of Ghezala Mrs. Ibtissem Hamri as well as their collaborators.

The representatives of PSZ Electronic Tunisie have informed that the new unit is installed on a plot of 20,000 m2 of which 6,500 m2 is covered. The number of jobs planned to end in 3 years will be 3000 people. PSZ is a German group World leader in the manufacture of cable harnesses for public vehicles and industrial equipment of the largest brands such as Glaass, Clark … The company has three units already installed in the Sahel region which employ 1800 people. The PSZ Group manufactures 80% of its world production in Tunisia.

This good news confirms that the interior regions of Tunisia remain very attractive for FDI especially for the availability of human resources, logistics and financial and tax advantages.

The External Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA-Tunisia) and the Tunisia Investment Authority (TIA), in collaboration with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, organized a training and evaluation action from October 23 to 27, 2023. ​This event was marked by the presence of Jalel Tebib, Director General of FIPA-Tunisia, Namia Ayadi, President of the TIA and representatives of the IFC- World Bank.

According to a press release from the FIPA, said training was mainly focused on workshops on assistance to “AfterCare” companies and direct canvassing of “Lead Generation” companies. ​Targeting FIPA and TIA executives, this training was an opportunity to exchange and discuss best practices for the development of these aspects. Two visits with the heads of the IFC-World Bank and the executives of the two institutions were organized on the sidelines of this training and evaluation action.

These are two leading companies that have benefited from the support during their implementations in Tunisia, namely :

Selt Marine, specialized in the cultivation and treatment of marine algae in several sectors (agri-food, parapharmacy, cosmetics…),

Desert Joy, specialized in the cultivation of tomatoes of several varieties with highly developed techniques.

Moreover, FIPA recalls that in 2022, 81% of FDI operations in Tunisia come from expansion operations, a sign of satisfaction and renewed confidence from foreign companies that have already invested in Tunisia. In addition, 430 extension projects generated 1,587.9 MTND (92%) and created 9,134 (69%) new job positions.

Source: https://www.entreprises-magazine.com ​

The city of Tunis has obtained two awards at the Leadership for smart cities summit: investing in inclusive and sustainable cities of future” (leadership for smart cities: investing in inclusive and sustainable cities of the future) held in Kigali in Rwanda from September 06 to 08 in progress.​
According to a press release published on the official page of the Ministry of Communication technologies, a report carried out by a group of experts, as part of a partnership program between the United Nations and the Alliance for an Intelligent Africa (Smart Africa), ranked the city of Tunis among the first African cities with a good digital infrastructure and whose digital services provided to citizens are developed.​
The prizes were awarded to the Minister of communication technologies, Nizar Ben Néji, who participated in the work of a session on the connection of smart cities of the future during which the emphasis was placed on the importance of developing the digital infrastructure to guarantee equal opportunities in access to digital services.​
More than 1,000 participants and about fifty exhibitors took part in the work of the Summit and discussed ways to overcome the challenges to transform African cities into smart and sustainable cities that take advantage of technological developments to improve the quality of life of citizens.

Source (translated from): https://africanmanager.com​​

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Financial transfers to Tunisia reached 5.8 billion dinars at the end of June 2023, juin 2023, contre 11,6 milliards de dinars au cours de la même période de l’année précédente,compared to 11.6 billion dinars during the same period last year, according to the bulletin of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) on financial indicators n° 223.During the entire year 2022, these transfers were of the order of 19.1 billion dinars.

​The President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed made an unannounced visit yesterday Friday to the headquarters of the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT), and stressed the imperative of better controlling the control of financing to Tunisia.​

The indicators of the issuing institution also show an increase in the value of current transactions at 44.1 billion dinars, during the first half of 2023, which are composed mainly of commercial transactions and tourist recipes as well as labor income, compared to 38.9 billion dinars during the same period of 2022, registering a significant increase of 5.2 billion dinars (11,8%).

This situation explains a control of the balance of payments deficit which did not exceed 1.8% of gross domestic Product (GDP) at the end of July 2023, according to the latest data from the BCT Board of Directors held on September 7.

Source: https://africanmanager.com