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Debate on problems of German companies in Tunisia

Published the:  04/04/2016

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04 April 2016 - TAP - The problems faced by German companies in Tunisia and prospects for the expansion of their activities in a climate that is not always favorable took center stage at a meeting held, on Monday in Tunis, between Prime Minister Habib Essid and representatives of the German companies.

“The Prime Minister reminded that Tunisia plans, under  the 2016/2020 development plan, “to achieve a real rise in value and better integration in the global value chain, with its corollary, the creation of more job opportunities, particularly for university graduates."

"We know two are not the only ones to have this ambition. We are aware of our structural and situational difficulties and we have started a substantive work to resolve them,” he said.

Speaking to representatives of the German companies in Tunisia, he underlined that this meeting will be an opportunity for “a frank and constructive exchange on your assessment of the business climate in the country and the problems you are facing but also your future strategy and plans.”

“I would like to discuss with you solutions and means to be implemented to help your achieve your plans which will certainly become ours.”

Problems of bureaucracy and port management Representatives of the German companies focused their interventions on administrative problems, calling, in this connection, to ease administrative procedures in Tunisia and centralize the decision-making process.

“Many companies lose valuable time looking for officers responsible for a given decision," said Raouf Ben Debba, President of the Tunisian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

He also highlighted problems related to management in ports, particularly, in Rades, adding that a proper functioning of ports is vital for all structures involved in export.

Another speaker raised the problem of non-compliance with response times on the part of the administration which causes considerable delay for companies concerned.

In this respect, Yassine Brahim, Minister of Development, Investment and International Co-operation reminded that Tunisia has started to implement, as part of the new investment code and its implementing texts, “a system where each administration must give a time limit to companies and in case this period is exceeded, this is tantamount to an acceptance."

“Once adopted by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), the new investment code will be the first law enacted with its implementing decrees already prepared," he further said.