The industrial production index (Ipi) in the first six months of 2015 is already in a downward trend, according to figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INS).
Between June 2012 and June 2013, the industrial production index in Tunisia recorded a positive change of 2.6% and between June 2013 and June 2014, the Ipi was already down 1%.
A year later, between June 2014 and June 2015, the Ipi further fell 1.6%. The largest declines affected extractive industry with a 7% fall, including 4.3% in the index of production of the phosphate industry.
The most dramatic fall in the first 6 months of 2015 has finally been of -15.2% for the chemical industry, in connection with the phosphate and -11.5% in the refining industry in connection with all the social tensions that have hit the oil sector since 2011.