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It is estimated that Tunisia lost more than US$1 billion per year between 2000 and 2008 due to corruption, bribery, kickbacks, trade mispricing and criminal activities.[1]

The National Constituent Assembly developed an anti-corruption initiative in December 2012 which aims to establish a national integrity system, to promote the independent National Anti-Corruption Authority, and to boost civil society participation in corruption prevention. However, the government's effort is still considered limited. Corruption is still a serious problem yet it is less pervasive when compared to the neighboring countries.[2]

The role of middlemen is very important for doing business in Tunisia, and many investors consider that having the right connections when collaborating on business in order to overcome administrative hurdles to investment and public procurement is crucial. State-owned companies or private groups owned by influential families continue to enjoy a privileged position, with close political and administrative ties and easier access to financing.[3]

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  1. ^ "Corruption, Tax Evasion, Criminal Activity Cost Tunisia US$1.16 Billion Per Year From 2000-2008". Global Financial Integrity. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Transformation Index 2012-Tunisia". The Bertelsmann Foundation 2012. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Tunisia Corruption Profile". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.

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