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Increase in foreign investment

 According to the Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Investment (FIPA) Tunisia was ranked 59th in innovation , a total of 141 countries , according to the Global Innovation Index 2012 ( GII : Global Innovation Index) . This year it is better positioned compared to the 2011 ranking ( 66th place with a score of 33.89 ) .

Indeed, foreign investment increased 44.6% during the first six months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, 1,121 MTD.

It also emphasizes that the first half of 2012 was marked by the entry into production of 71 new businesses and achieving 120 extension operations resulted in the creation of 6,731 new job positions respectively an increase of 9.8 % and 13.5 % compared to the same period in 2011 and 2010.

Flow analysis by sector reveals a focus on energy sectors and manufacturing industries for respective values ​​of the order of 640 and 233.2 MTD MTD.

In the manufacturing sector there is a strong bias in favor of certain activities , in fact, electrical and electronic industries occupy the first position in terms of total investment (75 MTD ) and job creation ( 2532 ), followed mechanical industries (47.2 MTD ) and textiles and clothing industries (32.8 MTD ) .

Also, the tourism and real estate has experienced significant increases from 4 MTD in the first half of 2011 to 74 MTD in the same period of 2012 .

This improvement in indicators of foreign investments is a positive signal that could be further improved through the ongoing process of reforms.