From October 31th until November 5th the capital Tunis hosted again the agricultural exhibition SIAMAP, this year bigger than ever before. In three large halls thousands of visitors from Tunisia and abroad could admire the rich diversity of products and technology with respect to husbandry, fishing and agriculture. Several Tunisian companies presented their latest innovations, like the production of collagen on basis of fish waste. The Tunisian regions showed their progress in biological agriculture, from biological dates from Tozeur to biological eggs from Le Kef. Finally several government projects and tenders were presented in the areas of sustainable irrigation and solar energy.
The Tunisian exhibition attracted also interest from abroad with stands of America, Saudi and German companies and trade delegations from Turkey, Tatarstan, Italy, Ivory Coast and Qatar. Also the Netherlands were for the first time present with their own Holland Pavilion, apart from the usual presence of Assarwa - MENA Business Consultants. The Tunisian market offers a lot of opportunities for the foreign companies, both for companies offering agricultural technology and know-how as well as for producers.
For the first group Tunisia is already an attractive market thanks to the export exemptions of agricultural technology under the current trade treaty between the EU and Tunisia, but also because the Tunisian government stimulates Tunisian farmers with incentives to apply innovative technologies, for example, to improve their production and to make it more environmental friendly. Moreover, a lot of Tunisian companies which offer proprietary or imported innovative technologies to Tunisian farmers, are looking to expand their product range or to further develop their range with support from abroad. Finally, Tunisia can be used as the ideal operational base to enter other markets in the region, like Libya, profiting of existing trade contacts and facilities between Tunisia and these countries.
In the near future Tunisia will become a very attractive market for the production of (biological) vegetables and fruit for export to the European market. At the moment is this export still limited by export duties and quotes, but these will probably disappear under an upcoming expansion of the trade treaty between the EU and Tunisia. As a result foreign farmers can profit fully from the benefits which Tunisia already offers: from geographical proximity to Europe, its diverse micro climates (citrus fruits and potatoes in the north and tomatoes and pomegranates in the south) and its well educated, but affordable workforce. Agricultural companies, especially those which export their products, of several tax exemptions in Tunisia.
Tunisia offers foreign companies a lot of opportunities and Assarwa helps them to realize these. Thanks to a knowledge of local regulations, economic developments and contacts with local companies and institutes we can advice foreign companies how to approach the Tunisian market and support with the search for the right partner and location. During this exhibition we have already successfully helped several companies, from finding distributors for their agricultural technology to supporting and financing of their products in Tunisia. Also outside the agricultural sector we can be of assistance as we represent clients from the IT and sustainable energy sectors. Do you want to know more what Assarwa – MENA Business Consultants can do for you? Contact us at email@example.com.