Free Trade Zones

Tunisia: the Ben Guerdane free zone, engine of development in southern Tunisia

Tunis/Tunisia — The Ben Guerdane free zone project, which will be located about 11 km from the Ras Jedir crossing point and 22 km from the city of Ben Guerdane on 1.5 million m2, is among the priority projects of the five-year development plan 2021 -2025 and will contribute to instilling a new economic revival in the entire southern Tunisian region.

“This free zone aspires to establish a trade and logistics gateway between Africa and European and Asian markets, via Libya, by attracting investments and large international companies operating in the fields of international trade and logistics services, which will help generate more than 9,000 permanent jobs,” said Central Director at the Investment Projects Monitoring Unit at the Tunisian Trade Office (OCT) Montassar Jarray.

The area will include 3 components: Commercial (spaces dedicated to import-export operations, premises for operators and traders), logistics (storage, transport, etc.) and tertiary (administration, public services).

The OCT is in the process of finalizing the connection of the area to the various networks, Jarray indicated, stressing that the connection works have reached a progress rate of 95% for drinking water, 80% for electricity and 60% for roads.

The connection to the sewer, however, has some delay due to the authorizations required by the National Agency for the Protection of the Environment (ANPE), he regretted.

OCT has finalized the phase of technical, financial and functional studies relating to the first phase of the project and is currently working on the institutional aspect through the establishment of a management company which will be responsible for operating the area. frank.

The Ben Guerdane free zone project will also offer economic actors several incentives, such as access to real estate for foreigners, freedom to transfer profits, tax exemptions, and a one-stop shop for business creation, which will guarantee very competitive investment costs.

This area will be a destination for shopping tourism and will bring services and goods (health services, medicines, fruits, etc.) closer to Libyan and Tunisian citizens, Jarray said.

This site will also be an important logistics artery for the Ben Guerdane region, historically known for its commercial activities, as it is located between three important maritime areas, namely Misrata (Libya), Sfax and Zarzis (Tunisia).