The number of certified companies in Tunisia went from 5 in 1995 to over 2,200 now, according to the Industry, Energy and Mining Ministry.
2,700 certifications were issued in 2015, said Industry, Energy and Mining Minister Zakaria Hamad at a ceremony held at the seat of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) to mark National Quality Day.
The manufacturing industry (mechanical and electrical engineering industries, chemical and food industries) obtained 53% of these certifications, he indicated.
“Given the current economic climate, it is becoming urgent to address the productivity gains to revitalize the economy,” he said, noting that quality could be one of the main engines of productivity improvement in Tunisia, and this in all fields particularly in the industrial sector.
For the first Vice President of UTICA Hichem Elloumi, “The challenge for companies today is no longer whether to make quality or not, but rather to find the right means to make it optimally, by reducing costs and increasing results.”
The rapid changes of today’s world call, indeed, require companies to adapt to renewed market demands and to seek performance through quality and productivity improvement, he added.
The two officials called on companies to join quality promotion programs to take advantage of the various mechanisms made available to them by the state.