The phosphate sector is struggling to emerge from the crisis. After posting profits of nearly three billion dinars before the Revolution, all indicators are flashing red.
Phosphate production fell by 59 % compared to 2010. The volume of sales also declined 45%, due to the cessation of production of the Gafsa Phosphates Company (CPG) between 42 and 309 days and the stoppage of activity of the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) nearly 76 days on average. Similarly, factories of the chemical group operated only 66% of their capacity.
Despite these difficulties, the phosphate sector supports a heavy burden in terms of employment. The number of staff employed by CPG increased from 4,898 (2010) to 7,391 in 2013 while that of GCT has reached 7,424 employees against 4,433 in 2010.
These figures were reported at a recent cabinet meeting, held under the chairmanship of Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Coordination and Monitoring of Economic Affairs, Nidhal Ouerfelli.
The meeting was devoted to monitoring the activities of the phosphate sector.