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Tunisia: 1st federation of plastics industry established

The Tunisian Federation of Plastics industry (French: GTIP) saw light of day. The first such grouping, made up of 20 companies, seeks to serve as a platform that helps affiliates carry more weight, have their voices heard and be a source of proposals.

A constitutive assembly is set for March to elect GTIP members and president, said Director of a plastics company Chakib Dabbabi.

There are about 500 specialized companies in Tunisia, be they with a 100% national capital, or foreign or mixed-capital firms which employ nearly 15,000 people, he said. Most of them are export-oriented businesses.

Foreign companies do not exceed 50 with a turnover of 800 million dinars. The new grouping, which creation was announced on the sidelines of Plastic Expo (March 5-8), will be tasked with helping professionals increase the competitive edge of their businesses, said Dabbabi.

The GTIP, set up by the Tunisian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CTFCI), also intends to defend the interests of this sector and pool efforts so as to develop human resources and define adequate approaches towards increased activity.

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