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Tunisia: Government considers franchising more sectors

The Tunisian Trade Department would announce by the end of March 2013 the opening of more sectors to foreign franchise, Aida Jabber, Deputy Director at the Department of Commerce said.

The official, who was speaking at a debate, organized by the Center for Young Business Leaders (CJD) and the German Foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, on the theme “Franchise, Vector of Development and Job Creation” recalled that this business model is authorized by the Tunisian law only for specific sectors.

They involve distribution (ready to wear, footwear, gifts, perfumes, beauty products and cosmetics …), tourism (hotel management) and other activities such as car maintenance services and electronics.

Tunisian Franchisees who want to operate a foreign registered trademark not authorized by the Tunisian law, are required to obtain from the Competition Council, a special and prior authorization, Mrs. Jaber specified.

So far, the Council has granted six permissions for franchise out of a total of 17 applications of franchisees who want to operate fast-food brands, advertising, coffee shops, modern trade, real estate services and services for the child.

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