Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

(TAP) – Reported investments in the exported services sector edged up by 137.5% in January 2018 compared to January 2017, reaching 9.3 million dinars (MD) against 3.9 MD, while investments directed to the local market fell by 40 percent, said the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII).

Reported projects for exported services increased by 31.4%, from 172 projects in January 2017 to 226 projects in January 2018. These projects are expected to generate 1,086 jobs, i.e. a rise of 27% compared with January 2017 (852 jobs).

The value of investments in the sector of services oriented towards the Tunisian market dropped in January 2018 to 107 MD against 158 MD in January 2017.

The number of projects, meanwhile, reached 943 projects in January 2018 against 716 January in 2017, with estimated jobs to be created numbering 3,552, i.e. up by 32% compared to January 2017.

Amounts to be invested in the eastern regions of the country fell to 86 MD in January 2018 against 124 MD in January 2017, down by 30.8%, in spite of the increase in the number of projects (1,060) likely to generate 4,142 jobs.

Inland regions experienced the same trend with a decrease in investments by 27.8% and in the number of projects by 35.5%.