written on 24.11.2017

PharmaBoardroom Releases New ‘Healthcare & Life Sciences Review Tunisia’


PharmaBoardroom today releases its new 60-page Healthcare & Life Sciences Review Tunisia 2017.

Transitioning out of a period of instability following the revolution of 2011, Tunisia has much to recommend it within its region. Comparative political stability and a geostrategic location as the northerly most country in Africa are helping turn the Arab world’s only full democracy into an attractive investment destination once again.

In terms of healthcare and the life sciences, Tunisia can boast impressive levels of medical tourism; a much-improved market access environment for innovative drugs; a historic and well-established pharmaceutical manufacturing footprint and therefore the potential to export in larger volumes to its neighbors; as well as the regional headquarters of several leading MNCs.

However, the picture is not completely rosy. Frequent changes at ministerial level are helping create somewhat of an uneven and uncertain playing field for pharma companies and inflexible pricing legislation is severely restricting patient access to innovative medicines. On a macro level, unemployment remains high and GDP growth is still sluggish at one percent for 2016.

Through interviews with Tunisia’s key industry stakeholders, a picture emerges of a nation not without issues, but with great potential to “stand out from the crowd” in its region in a number of key areas.


The report features in-depth interviews with:

  • Hammadi Ayadi, Sidi Thabet BiotechPole
  • Ramzi Lebbi, mcPharma
  • Chokri Jeribi, Sanofi
  • Hechmi Louzir, Institut Pasteur in Tunis
  • Walid Chriaa, SIPHAT
  • Ramzi Sandi, SAIPH
  • Lasaad Boujbel, MediS
  • Khalil Ben Ammar, Adwya
  • Ridha Charfeddine, Unimed


“Undoubtedly, the investors’ trust is a signal the economy is ready to take off again”

Khalil Laabidi, FIPA

“The PCT and the other regulatory bodies are well aware of the pricing system being needlessly complex and in many ways inefficient”

Ines Fradi, DPM

“The Tunisian product already has a very good reputation in Sub-Saharan countries”

Sara Masmoudi, Teriak

“The development of high added-value sector could slow down the brain drain effect and convert the investments in public education into economic improvements”

Fatma Thabet Chiboub, PAEB

Click here to register and download the report.