Boosting World Trade in Tunisia and Egypt by Cutting Non-Tariff Barriers Better Imports for Better Exports - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

In a nutshell

  • Egypt and Tunisia have embraced trade liberalization which has helped them establish a successful export-focused strategy.
  • However, the cost of non-tariff measures (NTMs) — policy measures other than ordinary customs tariffs that can potentially have an economic effect on international trade — has increased substantially.
  • To achieve successful economic transition — which is a big challenge alongside their political transition — Tunisia and Egypt need to reform their NTMs.
  • The reform process must be based on structured public-private dialogue with a common goal of improving firms’ competitiveness.
  • This process includes enhancing import settings, streamlining NTMs, simplification of procedures and transparency.
  • It should also include establishing harmonization measures to facilitate access to foreign markets. The two strands are closely linked as better export means better import.
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Zouhour Karray

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Tunis


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