Strategically located along the Mediterranean coast, Tunisia lies in close proximity to major European, Middle Eastern and North African export markets. While Tunisia’s transport and logistics industries are relatively well-devel- oped, particularly within the context of it’s regional neighbours, economic and political instability stemming from the 2011 Arab Spring has signi cantly stunted sector growth in recent years. Indeed, over the 2010-2014 period Tunisia fell 49 places, from 61st to 110th, on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index.
In addition to instability stemming from the 2011 Arab Spring, industry decline since the mid-2000’s can be largely attributed to aging infrastructure, a lack of sustained government investments to the sector due to slow growth in export revenues and existing investment legislation that limits foreign participation in the sector. However, in recent years, the government has priortised improving competitiveness within the sector as part of its greater economic development initiatives. In 2016, the government embarked on a US$ 60 bn ve-year development plan outlining more than 50 projects within the rail, aviation, maritime and road segments, many of which are to be executed under public-private partnership (PPP) agreements. Additionally, the government is in the process of formulating a 2040 National Transport Master Plan that will