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The first meeting of the High Council for Export was held on Thursday, January 4, 2017 at the headquarters of the Export Promotion Center CEPEX, under the chairmanship of the head of government, Youssef Chahed with the agenda, the review of the 20 measures taken to boost Tunisian exports.
Youssef Chahed said that, promoting exports represents one of the major challenges to maintain and not aggravate the trade deficit.
The measures mainly concern:
- Improving the general climate for export
- Removing the obstacles facing exporters,
- The establishment of a general framework for the legislative and administrative reform of the export.
They focus on:
- The increase in the budget of the Export Promotion Fund (FOPRODEX) to 40 million dinars (MDT) in 2018, 80 MTD in 2019 and 100 MTD in 2020, while disbursing an immediate envelope of 15 MTD to process the dossiers blocked at the level of this fund, and the granting of preferential benefits for export to African markets, through a premium covering 70% of the costs of prospecting external markets (transport and accommodation costs), 60% air transportation costs and 50% of shipping costs.
- Awarding of a premium for the first export operation and the assumption of responsibility by the State through the Tunisian Company for the insurance of foreign trade “COTUNACE”, of 50% of the insurance units for the exports to the African market.
- Creation of commercial representation in Poland, Kenya and Nigeria, the reopening of the Libya office and the creation of a shipping line to West Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast and Benin).
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