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Issuing of attestations that a declaration of intention to invest has been submitted

One-stop shops at API in Tunis, Sousse and Sfax

Attestations that a declaration of intention to invest has been submitted, either on the spot or on line via API’s website.

Eligible activities

Cf. Decree n°94-492 of 28 February 1994, listing activities in the sectors enumerated in articles 1, 2, 3 and 27 of the investment incentives code, as modified and further elaborated by subsequent texts

  Manufacturing industries, including agrofood industries and those pertaining to initial processing and conditioning of agricultural and fishing products and the following service activities:
Public works
Transport
Education
Vocational training
Production and cultural industries
Activities for young people and children
Health
Environmental protection
Real estate promotion
Other non-financial services (studies, consulting, expertise, research & development ...)

Areas of attribution and geographic coverage of API’s offices: one-stop shops in Tunis, Sousse and Sfax


Areas of attribution: desk - API – one-stop shop – API-Tunis

setting up of industrial and service companies
initiatives to set up, expand and renew industrial and service companies by Tunisians resident abroad – in the framework of their definitive or provisional return;
initiatives to set up businesses promoted by law n° 2002-101 of 17 December 2002 (Art. 19 and 20)
initiatives to set up, expand and regularize activities promoted in the hydrocarbons sector (Law n° 2004-61 of 27 July 2004, further elaborating and modifying the hydrocarbons code disseminated by law n°99-93 of 17 August 1999)

Geographic coverage: desk - API – One-stop shop -API - Tunis

The geographic coverage of the API desk at the one-stop shop located at API/Tunis is determined by where the new business will be located:

Undertakings with no foreign holdings and/or falling under the terms of law n° 2002-101 of 17 December 2002 (Art. 19 and 20): projects to be located in the governorates of Tunis, Ariana, Ben Arous and Manouba

Projects with foreign participation, projects launched by Tunisians resident abroad, and hydrocarbon projects: the API desk is in charge of helping to establish these activities, regardless of where the project will be located

Areas of attribution: desk - API - one-stop shop - API - Sousse and Sfax

The API desk at the one-stop shops located at API offices in Sousse and Sfax is empowered to accept declarations of intention to invest, in line with the following:

Declarations for industrial and service projects: setting up, expansion and renewal
Declarations for industrial and service projects (setting up and expansion) falling under the terms of law n° 2002-101 of 17 December 2002 (Art. 19 and 20)
Declarations pertaining to a change of investment regime

Geographic coverage: desk - API - one-stop shop - API - Sousse and Sfax
The territory covered by API’s desk at the one-stop shop is determined by the intended location of the project:

Projects with or without foreign participation in capital and those falling under the terms of law n° 2002-101 of 17 December 2002 (Art. 19 and 20): Projects expected to be located in the governorates of Sousse and Sfax
Projects with foreign participation: The API desk is in charge of such initiatives, regardless of the geographic location of the project.

Time frame for receiving an attestation that a declaration of intention to invest has been submitted:

One-stop shop - API - Tunis: 24 hours from the date and hour of submission of a declaration of intention to invest, on the spot or on line via the Agency’s website
One-stop shop - API Sousse and Sfax: 24 hours from the date and hour of submission of a declaration of intention to invest, on the spot or on line via the Agency’s website
72 hours, for declarations involving industrial projects with investment of at least 2 million dinars, service projects located in a regional development zone, and projects to set up culinary oil plants with majority foreign holdings


Documentation to be provided: one-stop shop - API - Tunis


Industrial and service projects with no foreign participation in capital:


Initiatives to set up new businesses
governorates of Tunis, Ariana, Ben Arous and Manouba
copy of the promoter’s national identity card
declaration of intention to invest form, duly completed, available at the one-stop shop or on line via the website

For those projects subject to authorization, you need to provide:
a copy of prior authorization, agreement in principle or specifications, duly signed and submitted to the administration in charge of the activity

For liberal professions, you need to provide:
copy of membership in the relevant professional registry

Industrial and service projects with foreign participation in capital

plans to set up a new business
anywhere in Tunisia
copy of the promoter’s national identity card (or passport for foreigners)
project declaration, duly completed, available at the one-stop shop or on line via the website

For projects subject to authorization, you need to provide:
copy of the prior authorization, agreement in principle or specifications, signed and submitted to the administration in charge of the relevant activity

Projects promoted by Tunisians resident abroad, upon definitive or provisional return

plans to set up a new business or expand activities
anywhere in Tunisia
copy of the promoter’s national identity card
pre-printed project declaration form, duly completed, available at the reception desk of the one-stop shop or at the desk in charge of handling the file
copy of the national identity card and passport (pages 1, 2, and 3)
declaration made on one’s honor (pre-printed form available at the desk)
confirmation of arrival of equipment and/or vehicles
copy of the technical visit carried out by the governmental supervisory department
copy certified to be in conformity with the original act pertaining to the customs visit

For equipment acquired locally, you need to provide:
invoice or contract for purchase of equipment, along with an affidavit from a notary process server
commitment to the effect that equipment or vehicles will not be resold before expiry of the five-year time frame from the date when the customs exemption incentive was awarded
draft statutes for the business to be set up

NB. Evaluation of equipment, the object of the input in kind being the basis for purchase invoices
Evaluation of transport material made on the basis of an estimate by the Directorate General of Customs

For projects subject to authorization, you need to provide:
copy of the prior authorization, agreement in principle or specifications, signed and submitted to the relevant administration

For liberal professions, you need to provide:
copy of membership in the professional organization

For expansion, you need to provide a monitoring report by the services of the relevant API regional office.
 

Projects promoted by law n° 2002-101 of 17 December 2002 (articles 19 and 20)
the governorates of: Tunis, Ariana, Ben Arous and Manouba

copy of the promoter’s national identity card
pre-printed form, duly completed, available at the one-stop shop’s reception desk
copy of a university diploma, diploma issued by a vocational training center, or certificate attesting to professional proficiency

Projects promoted in the hydrocarbons sector: law n° 2004-61 of 27 July 2004, which further elaborates and modifies the hydrocarbons code disseminated by law n°1999-93 of 17 August 1999


projects to set up new businesses, expand or regularize activities

throughout the country
copy of the promoter’s national identity card
pre-printed form, duly completed, available at the one-stop shop’s reception desk
nature of the activity
customs code
tax identification number
social security identification number
copy of the manager’s national identity card or that of the legal representative of the company to be set up
minutes designating the legal representative of the company to be set up
statutes of the company to be set up

NB. Service companies in the hydrocarbons sector, generally called para-oil companies, provide license or concession-holders with services directly linked to exploration and production of oil and gas. These services in certain cases include supply of products or equipment linked to the service rendered.

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