The first ten months of 2017 saw an increase in reported investment in regional development areas by 5.2% to 1,363.7 MD from 1,296.8 MD during the same period of 2016. The share of these areas in all the governorates changed from 49.1% to 46.2% during the first ten months of 2017, said the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and of Innovation (APII).
The increase recorded in the reported investments in the regional development zones is mainly attributable to the governorate of Kasserine whose investments reached 156.9 MD against 30.6 MD in 2016.
This is the same for the delegation of regional development governorates of Mahdia, Tataouine, Beja and Kairouan.
The number of projects receiving the investment premium for regional development has increased from 168 (for a total investment of 261.3 MD) to 151 projects (for a total investment of 159.3 MD) in 2017.
These projects will allow the creation of 3,086 jobs, against 3,985 jobs in 2016. The investment bonus granted reached 29.9 MD against 38.4 MD in 2016, i.e. a decrease of 22.1%.
The number of projects benefiting from state participation and investment premiums for new promoters and SMEs went down from 23 (for an investment of 61.5 MD) to 13 projects (for a total investment of 38 MD) in 2017.
These projects will generate 577 job positions, compared to 564 job positions in 2016.
State participation and investment grants reached 5.5 MD against 5.2 MD in 2016, an increase of 5.8%