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Country Profile of Tunisia

Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Institut National de la Statistique (INS)
Web address
http://www.ins.nat.tn/
Position in the government
The Ministry for Development and International Cooperation is the Ministry in charge of the supervision of the National Institute of Statistics.
Organizational structure and finance
The National Statistics Institute is made up of 7 central departments: 6 technical central departments in charge of designing and monitoring the production and dissemination of statistical information, and a central management including the shared service. Besides, two units are under the supervision of the INS General Management:
• The Permanent Secretariat for the Statistics National Council
• The business cycle information center
The central departments:
• C.D. of demographic and social statistics
• C.D. of business statistics
• C.D. of the national income accounting
• C.D. of the business cycle and business studies statistics
• C.D. of regional statistics
• C.D. of dissemination, IT and coordination
Multi-annual or annual work program
A national plan for statistics was worked out by the National Council of Statistics and is annualized and relates to all the statistical structures. The National Statistics Institute works out its work program within this framework and proceeds with the implementation of the programs of the national plan of the statistics and the annual plans.
Main duties
Demographic and social statistics
• Population and housing general census. The last recorded census was conducted in 2004 and the next census will be conducted in 2014.
• Elaboration of population and civil status statistics.
• Surveys of employment among households.
• Population projection. The last projection covered the period 2009-2039.
• National survey of household consumption. The last survey was carried out in 2005. The 2010 survey is under achievement.
• Staff size and salaries in the public service
• Infrastructure indicators.

Economic Statistics
• National register of companies.
• Surveys of companies’ activities.
• Yearly and quarterly national accounts.
• Business cycle measures.
• Foreign trade statistics.
• Survey of investments.
• Follow up of the business cycle.
Statistical coordination
• Technical coordination in the field of statistics: Classifications, methods...
• Permanent Secretariat for the Statistics National Council.


Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The National Institute of Statistics was created in 1969. It is a non-administrative public organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation. It also represents a central organ in the national statistics system. According to its status, INS is managed by a governing board chaired by the INS Chief executive officer.


Legal basis
Legal basis
- Decree N°2005-1643 of May 30, 2005 setting the organization chart of the National Institute of Statistics.
- Decree N° 2000 -2408 of October 17, 2000 setting the administrative and financial organization and the operating terms of the National Institute of Statistics.
- Law N° 32 - 1999 of April 13, 1999 on the national statistics system.
- Decree N°99-2797 of December 13, 1999 setting the composition, the organization and the operating terms of the Statistics National Council.
- Decree n° 2004-2659 of November 29, 2004, on amending the decree n° 99-2797 of December 13, 1999 the composition, the organization and the operating terms of the Statistics National Council.
- Decree N°99-2798 of December 13, 1999 setting the terms and conditions of payment by the users of statistical information.
- Decree N°99-2799 of December 13, 1999 setting the conditions and procedures of carrying out census and statistical surveys by public statistics organizations among persons who are not part of these organizations.


Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
Specialized statistical structures of ministries and public organizations:
- Ministries: agriculture, health, national education, justice etc.
- Organizations: Central Bank of Tunisia, National Office of Tunisian Tourism etc.


Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
* The National Council of Statistics (CNS) created in 2000, is an advisory body, has the role of coordinating the activities of the public statistical structures (National Institute of the Statistics and specialized ministerial structures) and of ensuring the dialogue between the producers and the users of the statistical data.
* The National Council of the Statistics is composed in addition to the president and the vice-president of the Council, of 28 members divided as follows: 14 members representing the public statistical structures, 7 members representing the professional organizations and associations, 7 members representing the university and the people qualified in the field of the statistics and economic and social surveys.
* The National Council of the Statistics meets on convocation of his president at least four times per annum at the rate/rhythm of at least once per quarter. Specialized committees are created within the council to deal with the various statistical fields.
* The National Council of the Statistics develops and provides to the government a five-year program on statistics. This program is integrated into the national plan of economic and social development. The latest plan covers the period of 2010-2014.


Data collection
Most recent population census
20-25 April 2004
Access to administrative data
Customs data on external trade, tax data relating to the business register, data of the National Social Security relating to wages, data of the municipalities relating to the civil registration.
Data confidentiality
The statistical law states the obligation to respect the confidentiality of individual data collected within the framework of surveys from companies, households and individuals. These individual data can be provided under the very conditions on the authorization of the ministry of supervision of the INS after consultation with the National Council of Statistics. More precise procedures will be adopted to allow the communication of the individual data. The National Statistics Institute conducts documentation and archiving of statistical surveys following international standards.


Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
A pre-release calendar of the statistical data was developed and published on the web site of INS www.ins.nat.tn since 2003, "Calendrier de diffusion". This calendar is consistent with international standard SDDS developed by the IMF.
Main publications
General Publications
- Statistics Monthly Bulletin
- Statistical Directory of Tunisia
- Tunisia in Figures



Regular Specific Publications
- National accounts
- Foreign Trade of Tunisia
- Annual Report on Infrastructure Indicators
- Annual Report on Demographic Situation in Tunisia


Population and Housing General Census 2004
- First Results: Volume 1
- Results by administrative Unit: Volume 2
- Results by delegation: Volume 3
- Migration characteristics: Volume 4
- Demographic characteristics of the population, and characteristics of family units and the population counter
- Housing characteristics and households living conditions

Results of the surveys
- Households Consumption Survey Volume A and Volume B
- Employment National Survey
- Micro-companies Survey
Languages of main publications
Most publications are bilingual: Arabic and French.
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Paper, CD Rom, Website.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Following the adoption of the statistical law of 1999, practical procedures will be put in place in coordination with the National Council of Statistics to organize the provision of the micro-data to users outside the INS.




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