Tunisia is preparing to inaugurate in the coming months a direct shipping line serving the ports of Gabes or Sfax, Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Tema (Ghana).
According to the Transport Ministry, this shipping service will help Tunisian companies have regular access to the African market.
The number of routes will be determined according to the investors’ demands.
Negotiations are underway between the Tunisian Navigation Company (CTN) and the relevant ministries to guarantee financial coverage to the company in case of no return.
As part of the government’s strategy to strengthen bilateral trade agreements, Tunisia will sign, in 2018, an agreement with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) which brings together 19 countries (500 million inhabitants).
Similarly, studies are being conducted to launch a new commercial shipping line serving Tunisia, Jordan and the Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.