by Alfredo Ranavolo, Silvia Dogliani and Franco Conzato. For Il Sole 24 ORE – Radiocor.
This economic guide was published in December 2009, just few months before the so-called “Arab Spring”, which took place in Tunisia in 2010 against the regime of Ben Ali.

Among the non-European Countries of Southern Mediterranean, Tunisia is by tradition the most open to other cultures. For many years the centralization of power has also been extended to the national economy, which only in more recent times has opened massively to a market economy, giving up part of the governmental industries and welcoming – even through favorable legislation – foreign investment. Those Italians, along with those of France, have found in Tunisia a particularly favorable environment for the development of the enterprise, both from local initiatives and through partnership programs with the European Union. Favorable fiscal laws, low cost of labor, and good quality of the labor force are a great attraction for developing business in Tunisia. It is instead a relatively small market, although in expansion, as regards the consumption of high added value. All this in a context generally considered – both in terms of trade and politics – low risk by the main international institutions. This at least until before the Revolution.

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