Mr Mosbah, welcome on Face2Face talk. Tunisia was ranked the most competitive economy in Africa and 40th in world by World Economic Forum. How does clothing and textile manufacturing contribute to this glory?
Tunisia draws its economic success of the clear-sighted strategy established by Head of State to reach a socioeconomic balance of our country through the diversification of the business sectors, the adoption of legal framework encouraging investment and facilitating the exports of goods and services, the better use of the human resources, the healthy budget management as well as through the institution of efficient state mechanisms of accompaniment.
Rich in time–honored tradition and international experience of over three decades, the textile and clothing industry sector in Tunisia has forged for itself a strong image and positive positioning on the international scene in most of the parameters set by the industry.
Thanks to its assets in terms of flexibility, reactivity, just-in-time delivery and respect for social and environmental standards and norms, the textile and clothing industry sector in Tunisia offers all-encompassing solutions and a new dynamic for win-win cooperation with partner countries.
With more than 2100 active companies among which 83% are totally exporting, first employer sector with 44% of the total jobs, a 3000 million euro average of exports annually (25.5 % of the total of the exports) and a flow of foreign investment of 20% of the total of the FDI in manufacturing industries, the textile and clothing sector occupies a strong and increasingly growing position within the Tunisia economy and strongly contribute to the economic success of our country.
The exports of the sector have nearly doubled during the last decade, increasing from 2,952 MTND in 1998 to 5,180 MTND in 2008. The clothing sector alone represents 88 percent of these exports: 65.5 percent of woven garments and 22.5 percent of knitted goods.
Clothing and textile exports represent 25.5 percent of total Tunisian exports. The European Union is by far the major destination for Tunisia’s goods, absorbing 96 percent of the sector’s exports. France, Italy, Germany and Great Britain take in 82 percent of Tunisian exports.
Tunisia is one of the leading suppliers of clothing in the world. It is fifth largest supplier in this sector to Europe and the EU’s second biggest supplier for swimwear and bras. Worldwide, Tunisia is ranked 2nd largest exporter of textiles in terms of per capita.
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