Ben Guardane project is a free trade& logistics zone twinned with a touristic resort offering leisure, health and wellness services, close to the Lybian border. Here the targets are primarily Tunisia and Lybian retailers, traders or individuals travelling and secondly, tourists from Djerba zone who could be interested by one day shopping trip. The project rationale is based on the existing and vivid cross-border trade between both Tunisia and Lybia.Ben Gardane is a small town located in Southern Tunisia, 32 km from the Libyan border, 43 km from Zarzis, and 72 km from Djerba island (over a road bridge).
The project in Ben Guerdane includes two main components:
The logistic platform component is destined for Tunisian and Libyan carriers and exporters to Libya that may be interested in storage including cold storage, packing goods for shipping to the destination market.
The pre-feasibility study reports the operators have request relates to tax environment and trade facilitation issues (tax, customs, rental costs in the future logistics area, simplification and alleviation of installation and export procedures). The logistic platform is bonded and all agencies involved in trade should be present and coordinate in order to facilitate the goods flow.
The commercial platform consists of 2 different areas
1. One area open to all public and based on the concept of retailtainment where shopping is combined with leisure and touristic offer. Health & wellness activities will complete the concept and are meant to attract regional tourists.
2. The second area of the project is open to all retailers involved in import and export to Libya, they could benefit from regulatory and administrative favorable conditions. This second part is also bonded and should be reserved to professionals.
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Project stage info
Stage 1: Initial Government Announcement
Ministry of Transport Tunisia
Form of project announcement
Ben Guerdane's location is close to the Libyan border. A significant trade between Tunisia and Libya takes place through the Ras Jdir border-post; many travelers are also pending between Tunisia and Lybia.
Here the purpose of the commercial and logistic zone is to consolidate and expand the dynamics of exports, trade and tourism by creating adequate infrastructures and equipment to facilitate them. The zone should also help to reduce the share of illegal traffic in giving an “attractive” legal framework to informal trading activities supporting the transfer from formal to informal.
Since 2013, exports to Libya have decreased and amount in 2016 to approximately 50% of their peak volumes in 2013. Nevertheless, the exports remain important, nearly 500 millions USD are being shipped through Tunisia and this do not take into account the informal trade which is said to equal to 30-40% of the formal trade.
Expected activities should employ part of the local workforce and strengthen the regional economy. The creation of the commercial and logistics area will require support services to function properly such as the ones provided by:
. Government agencies: police, customs, representations of the different ministries, management of the zone, administrative and technical services provided in simplified version, etc.
. Public utilities : drinking water, sanitation, energy, supply
. Energy and fuels providers, miscellaneous maintenance services, construction, etc.
Indicative timetable of project development
. Free zone status or bonded warehouse status: flowing trade procedures are a good part of the advantage of the zone. It is therefore necessary to ensure either free zone status or bonded areas are to be granted by the customs administrations.
. Urban detailed plan « Plan d’urbanisme détaillé » should stressed on all networks connections and generally speaking on the “inclusion “of the zone in its environment.
. Transfer or opening of new offices for the governmental agencies in charge of international trade should be secured.
. Convenient roads access, including parking areas for the trailers outside the zone and inclusion of the zone in the transport public network should be approved by local authorities.
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Is project multi jurisdictional?
Stage 2: Project Investigation
14.3 M USD 41 M TND
Indicative Funding Source
Not Yet Known
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Details of Advisors appointed
Is the project contained in national/sub national infrastructure plan or strategy
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Please outline any studies (for example environmental, engineering etc.) that will be completed prior to a full business case development
Project planning studies, Financial feasibility study
Opportunity for Private Sector Involvement
Equity, Debt - Private Sector, Construction, Operations, Not yet known, Debt - Concession
Stage 3: Start of Project Feasibility / Business Case
Legal Advisors Appointed
Financial Advisors Appointed
Technical and Other Advisors (inc Project Preparation Facility) Appointed
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Ministry of Transport Tunisia
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