Tunisia, country of honour at SIPSA-SIMA 2017

  • Farming is one of the pillars of the Tunisian economy. It is considered to be one of the key sectors in the country’s economy, and plays a driving role.
  • Agriculture makes up 8% of GDP, accounts for 16% of jobs and generates 9.7% of the country’s exports
  • SIPSA SIMA 2017 will shine a spotlight on Tunisian agriculture, thereby demonstrating the vitality and wealth of fraternal and strategic relations between Tunisia and Algeria


Tunisia is the largest olive farming country on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. Excluding European Union countries, Tunisia is the biggest world power in olive oil, deploying major efforts to reorganise and modernise its industry and improve the quality of its oils, as well as substantially expanding the surface area farmed.

The leading African exporter of olive oil in 2016 and the second in organic, exporting to 30 countries on 5 continents, Tunisia is the only African and Arab country to benefit from the recognition of equivalence with the European Union for the export of organic products.

Located along a 1,350 km shoreline, Tunisian aquaculture sites are well-known for their high productivity.

Algeria is developing in the area of fishery resources and fish farming, and is in need of Tunisian expertise in this field.

At the end of 2016, Algeria had approximately 700 Tunisian companies working in particular in services, the production of goods and import, putting this North African country in fifth place for the number of foreign firms active in Algeria.

With the presence in the country of more than 600 Tunisian companies, Tunisia is in second place for the number of foreign traders (physical persons) working in Algeria.

A large number of Tunisian countries are members of partnerships in the agricultural sector, creating “win-win” joint ventures. Examples include the Poulina group with Esméralda, the Loukil group, Mabrouka plant nurseries, etc.

In a strategy of common agricultural development and regional balance, agricultural production, crop techniques for fruit and vegetable growing and olive growing can be complementary. The same is true for the inter-professional organisation of the dairy and poultry farming sectors.

For its 2017 edition, SIPSA-SIMA, the trade show for livestock and agri-business, has reserved a place of honour for Tunisia. Tunisian exhibitors will be in attendance to display their products and solutions in the dairy, olive farming, aquaculture, fish farming and irrigation areas.

APIA will assist about thirty Tunisian countriesat SIMA-SIPSA 2017, in association with the Tunisian Ministry of agriculture, water resources and fisheries.

The goal of this support is to enable them, during individual appointments, to build business ties and meet potential clients, distributors or partners to invest in one country or the other, for Tunisians in Algeria and vice versa, and why not set out to conquer African markets together.

The agriculture and agri-business sectors in Algeria hold significant potential and continue to grow and develop. Building on their experience in the areas of aquaculture, fish farming and olive farming, Tunisian operators will share their experience and know-how in this area with Algerian firms.

L’APIA accompagnera au SIPSA SIMA 2017 une trentaine d’entreprises tunisiennes en collaboration avec le Ministère d’agriculture, des ressources hydrauliques et de la pêche tunisien sur le Salon. 

L'objectif de cet accompagnement est de leur permettre lors de rendez-vous B to B, de nouer des courants d'affaires et de rencontrer de potentiels clients, distributeurs et ou partenaires pour investirdans l’un ou l’autre pays,pour les tunisiens en Algérie pour la partie algérienne en Tunisie et pourquoi pas conquérir ensemble les marchés africains.

Les secteurs de l’agriculture et de l’Agri business en Algérie sont des secteurs porteurs qui ne cessent de croitre et de se développer. Forts de leur expérience dans le domaine de l’aquaculture, pisciculture et l’oléiculture,  les opérateurs tunisiens partageront avec les entreprises algériennes leur expérience et savoir faire dans ce domaine.