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Number of aerospace companies in Tunisia doubles to 81 in 10 years (ITCEQ)

January 17, 2022

(TAP) - The number of aerospace companies in Tunisia has almost doubled in ten years, from 46 in 2010 to 81, now employing 17,000 people, reads a Tunisian Institute of Competitiveness and Quantitative Studies (ITCEQ) report.

The latter presents a series of recommendations aimed at rendering the industrial policy in Tunisia more effective, underlines the need to ensure specific support to certain industrial sectors, such as aerospace, in order to foster their integration into global value chains (GVC), diversify national production, create employment and capture and localise the added value of the sectors in which Tunisia can be competitive.

In this regard, the ITCEQ recalled that the aerospace industry involves high-added- value activities and strong knowledge content ranging from software/hardware engineering to the production of aeronautical systems, including high-precision cutting and machining.

The growth seen in this and other sectors, particularly in the automotive, precision engineering, mechatronics and certain chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, in addition to the as yet untapped potential, requires a strategic vision to shift from the consumer to the producer sphere.

These activities are considered among high technology-producing activities, according to a classification made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank (WB).

The ITCEQ further underlined the need to restructure and revive certain industries, particularly the textile sector, the leading export sector until 2008 and the leading industrial sector employer in Tunisia, through the adoption of a relaunch strategy in order to make the most of the opportunities offered at the international level and to avoid the risks inherent to the resurgence of competition.

It also pointed to the need to improve the quality of existing products, which can enhance existing comparative advantages.

'This requires the reinforcement of the level of quality of industrial products and the fostering of quality standards by ensuring the respect of standards, notably in public procurement and the popularisation of the quality approach for industrial enterprises.'

There is also a need to support enterprises during the sensitive phases of their development process.

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