Promising growth sector

Olive Industries & Derivatives in zarzis tunisia

Olive oil industry and derivatives






Oil and Gas




Dates and derivatives

sea food

Sea ​​food


Construction and public works

The average production of Tunisian olive oil amounts over the last 10 years (2006-2016) to 176 000 tons with a minimum of 70 000 tons and a maximum of 340 000 tons registered respectively during campaigns 2013/14 and 2014/15. This level of production preserves Tunisia’s 2nd world rank after the EU. The Olive growing widened on 1.8 million hectares with 88 million olive trees spread over all the Tunisian territory. The olive tree runs an industrial fabric including 1679 oil-manufacture having, theoretically, a capacity of 43 053 tons / day. The exports of olive oil come at the head of the agricultural exports and represent 40 % of the set. The olive growing gets between 30 and 40 million working days a year and play a role of the first rank in the regional development and the social balances and establishes therefore, a factor of stability of the populations in rural areas and a source of income. The region of Zarzis account 1.500.000 olive trees with a production that reached 30000 tons of olives. This quantity is considered satisfactory, in consideration of lack of pluviometry … The region account 75 oil-works among which certain outings of continuous chains and some super-press with big debit.


  • The importance of surfaces reserved for the olive growing and the contribution up to 8 % in the world production, place Tunisia to the 2nd rank in world producer, after Spain.
  • The presence of the Tunisian oil mainly on the EU market and on the other markets in particular, the USA, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Golf countries and Africa as well as the contribution up to 19 % of the international exchanges of olive oil, place Tunisia in the second rank after the European Union.
  • Besides, Tunisia is a founder member of the Council oléicole international, and participates actively in the various international agreements on the olive oil and the table olives.

The sector of the digital technology in Tunisia contributes at the level of 11 % of the GDP and the offers important potentials for Tunisia which appears among the most developed African countries in ICT. Tunisian authorities show an ambitious development plan  » Digital Tunisia  » which aims at making Tunisia an international reference in the digital technology to the ways of integration growth of ICT and developping a business fabric of competitive and innovative companies. Thanks to an excellent know-how (Alcatel, Orange, Sofrecom, Gemalto, etc.) and an ambitious bilateral cooperation (French-Tunisian Alliance) for the digital technology), France remains well positioned on the Tunisian market.
With 8.000 ICT engineers graduates every year, from fifty establishments (schools, public and private universities), Tunisia represents an exception in Africa, exceeding countries as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and even Algeria or Morocco, which have more important populations.

The sector of mechanical engineering industries, electric and electronic (IMEE) acquired a dominating place in the industrial fabric with:

  • 18 % of the manufacturing industries in number of companies and 26,4 % in number of jobs in 2014 ;
  •  more than 130 000 jobs ;
  • more than 1000 companies among which 435 are totally exporting ;
  •  more than 13 % of annual average growth ;
  • an added value exceeding 3500 MTND ;
  •  more than 373 companies operating in the electric sector, among which 240 are totally exporting ;
  •  Tunisia is classified as 2nd producer of automotive components in Africa.
  •  More than 230 companies operating in the branch of the automotive components, among which 134 are totally exporting and 65 companies are specialized in the aeronautical branch.
  •  The sector of mechanical engineering industries, electric and electronic (IMEE) is the 1st exporting sector in Tunisia with 45 % of the manufacturing exports and 37,4 % of the exports of the goods.