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Growth is dependent on exports and tourism development -  13/04/2011 

Trade and Tourism Minister Mehdi Houas pointed out that promotion of exports, development of handicrafts and focus on home and Algerian tourism are factors that would help return to normal of the national economy's growth pace.

The Minister highlighted, in a news conference held on Wednesday in Tunis, the imperative for the Tunisian enterprises and companies to resume their activities in order to promote exports whose value, he said, did not exceed 10% during the first quarter of the current year, in spite of the continuous interest shown by international markets for Tunisian products.

He said that the 31.1-percent drop in the volume of Tunisian exports, compared with the last quarter of 2010, was due to decrease of exportation of the sectors of phosphate and by-products and those of diverse industries.

A slight resumption of exportation to Libya has been recorded since March 3, 2011, specified Mr. Haouas.

The daily average of exportations reached 1 million dinars (MTD) since the date of resumption, against 6.8 MTD in 2010.

A 34.6-percent decrease of Tunisian exports to Libya has been registered during the first quarter of 2011.

Revenues of the tourist sector fell by 43 % during the last quarter of 2011, compared with the same period of 2010.

He reminded that a strategy to guarantee success of next summer's tourist season has been worked out: it aims to attract Algerian tourists and encourage home tourism, and will be put into effect as soon as security conditions improve.

The Minister added that development of handicrafts requires study of the sector, notably through the judicious utilisation of local and regional products, adoption of new information and communication technologies and the promotion of national products of handicrafts on the international level.