Construction in Tunisia – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017

Date: 06-Jun-2013
Between 2008 and 2012 the Tunisian construction industry grew at a CAGR of 5.58% and valued TND8.9 billion (US$5.7 billion) in 2012. This was supported by private and public investments in infrastructural, residential, industrial and commercial construction projects. Despite some challenges, the outlook for the country’s construction industry is favourable as a result of the government’s commitment to improving the country’s infrastructure and meeting the rising demand for residential units. It is expected that the Tunisian construction industry’s output will reach a value of TND11.3 billion (US$7.2 billion) by 2017, after recording a CAGR of 4.85% by 2017.



The commercial construction market accounted for 11.2% of total construction output and valued TND1 billion (US$640.6 million) in 2012, registering a CAGR of 4.72% between 2008 and 2012. The office and retail buildings category were the key drivers for growth in the market. The commercial construction market will be supported by growth both in the retail sector and the expanding Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry between 2012 and 2017.


Industrial construction was the third largest market in the Tunisian construction industry in 2012, accounting for 13.6% of the total industry value and recording a CAGR of 5.35% (2008 – 2012). This growth was supported by the manufacturing plants and chemicals & pharmaceuticals plants categories and the modernization of the Bizerte refinery. The Tunisian government’s investment-code reforms and the construction of the first private oil refinery in the country will encourage growth between 2013 and 2017.



Infrastructure construction is projected to continue to expand in the same period of time, mainly driven by investments in road and rail infrastructure. Institutional construction was the smallest market in the Tunisian construction industry, accounting for 4% of the overall industry value in 2012. In the period between 2008 and 2012, the market was driven by the healthcare buildings and educational buildings categories. The government’s commitment to increasing expenditure and pursuing quality development in healthcare and education is expected to support the institutional construction market in the run up to 2017.


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