Aslan Berjib, member of the National Executive Council of the Confederation of Civil Enterprises in Tunisia (CONECT), questioned today the fate of a foreign company that is part of a leading global shipping group that has been banned from exporting its pontoons.
In a law published on Friday, December 3, 2021 on its official Facebook page, Rajab sounded the alarm, especially since Tunisia suffers from a rather critical economic situation and that the time has come to boost foreign investment in the country.
The lawyer also expressed his sadness and disappointment at the “absolute indifference” of the authorities involved in this case. The story of Aslan Bergib:
I hesitated a lot before writing this post, but it’s way too much!
In front of the closed doors and the violent silence of the silent administration, I must ring alarm bells.
The facts: A foreign company belonging to a leading global navigation group, present in Tunisia since 2014, produces luxury boats in El Haouaria at a rate of 4 units per week dedicated exclusively to export to the four corners of the planet: Can you imagine … “Made in Tunisia” rafts, made by Tunisian hands, Sailing on the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies and New Caledonia on the American Pacific coast: what a pride!
Let’s go back to our sad reality: For more than two weeks, the company has simply been banned from exporting its pontoons, a ban that was never notified in writing and even less motivated by the authorities.
Because of this incomprehensible blockage, today 8 export buoys are waiting in the port of Sidi Daoud, 20 in the park at the factory awaiting launch and 9 in the assembly line to leave in the coming days (1 every two days). The pictures speak for themselves: finished pontoons waiting for delivery like ordinary goods that did not find anyone to take them …
At this point, production should be stopped due to lack of space for their parking, and 250 employees put into technical layoffs pending a request by the authorities at all levels to adapt to provide an explanation, an answer, a solution. The success story turns into a nightmare!
We contacted all relevant authorities, sent very urgent messages to all levels of management: no reaction! Not even a message waiting for a call!
I will not mention the required departments and ministries: they will get to know each other.
I will not limit the harm caused by such a decision on the microeconomic scale to society either: it is colossal, infinite, innumerable …
I will mention only one important result: at the beginning of the year this company received a certificate of deposit of an investment declaration for the realization of a new project of national interest for a total amount of 22 million euros. An industrial complex for the manufacture of boats designed and manufactured entirely in Tunisia, the Tunisian experience has been considered successful so far. The head of the group spent two days in Tunis at the beginning of the week and did not succeed in meeting any officials despite sending in hearing requests early.
The result was not long: the group’s decision to completely abandon the project of the national interest!
In less than 10 days, he destroyed the relationship of trust that had developed over 7 long years: Bravo! Fantastic work ladies and gentlemen!
Are we sure we want to attract investment and restore confidence in the various economic actors?
Let’s begin with the preservation and reassurance of the reckless few, who are still there and who still believe in them: they are the ones who will attract new investors as good ambassadors far more effective than seminars, conferences, exhibitions, joint commissions, and visits by official delegations. , advertisements with great fanfare, etc…
On the other hand, those who leave will immediately warn potential investors to refrain from investing in a country where legislative and regulatory instability, arbitrariness and ultimately are unwelcome!
I dare not imagine that our managers will continue to watch this bleeding without reacting and without providing shock therapy to the brain-dead patient of Tunisia….
Shall we not say that Tunisia is a country of all miracles that are protected by its healthy people and its stationed people? Pray that they will continue to do so…
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