The governorate of Monastir


The governorate of Monastir (ولاية المنستير), created June 5, 1974, is one of the 24 governorates of Tunisia. It is located in the east and covers an area of 1,024 km2, which represent 0.6% of the country area. In 2014, it houses a population of 548,828 inhabitants. Its administrative center is Monastir.

The governorate of Monastir belongs to the Sahel region. Bounded by the governorates of Sousse to the north of Mahdia to the south, and the Mediterranean Sea, with a coastline that extends over 35 km, the governorate of Monastir is two hours away and less than an hour of flights from Tunis.

Administratively, the governorate is divided into thirteen delegations, 31 municipalities and 77 imadas.
The different delegations:

  • Bekalta
  • Bembla
  • Beni Hassen
  • Jemmal
  • Ksar Hellal
  • Ksibet el-Médiouni
  • Moknine
  • Monastir
  • Ouerdanine
  • Sahline
  • Sayada-Lamta-Bouhajar
  • Téboulba
  • Zéramdine


  • The infrastructure of the area is modern and varied: A road and rail network covering the whole of its territory and providing direct access to all the neighboring governorates.
  • Monastir International Airport with a capacity of 3.5 million passengers per year.
  • A metro line linking the governorate to Sousse and Mahdia.
  • The Sousse commercial port is less than 20 km from Monastir.
  • 05 industrial zones, which are occupied, except for the Ksar Hellal area which is occupied only about 40%.

Main economic activities

The governorate is distinguished by an economic diversity where competitive industry occupies a prominent place with more than 1359 industrial companies employing 67,250 people. The textile and clothing industries sector is currently the first regional branch of industry.

Specializing in the production of early vegetables and sub-greenhouses, the governorate continues to record significant progress in vegetables production (olive oil with an olive grove that covers 60 000ha, irrigated crops) animal production (cattle farming with 20 100 head, 113 000 head sheep, goats 2700 heads) and fishing .

The region of Monastir has everything to attract tourists and attract foreign investors: a beautiful seaside potential, a fairly rich archaeological heritage, an accommodation capacity evolving (24 745 beds or 11% of the national capacity; and various marine and leisure sports means (yacht harbor, marina, golf course, equestrian complex).

Investment Opportunities

With enormous economic potential and significant adequate infrastructure, the governorate of Monastir, which offers wide possibilities of installation of industrial projects or services is for all Tunisian and foreign investors, a safe destination and an industrial development base incontestable, ensuring rapid realization of their projects, with the encouragement provided by the investment Incentives code (93-120 law of 27 December 1993).

New investment opportunities are encouraged to create a new competitive economy based on innovative industries and high value-added services focused on international markets: 

  • Organic farming
  • The flower-greenhouse cultivation,
  • The packaging and preservation of seafood and other agricultural products,
  • The brick and manufacture of tiles,
  • The high quality clothing,
  • Cultural tourism,
  • Services related to new information technologies and communication,
  • The pharmacology.

The university network

The governorate of Monastir has a university center consists of 12 higher education establishments where studied nearly 20,000 students in various disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, sciences, biotechnology, engineering and other modern languages applied to business, these are: 

  • The Faculty of Medicine of Monastir,
  • The Faculty of Dentistry Monastir
  • The Faculty of Pharmacy of Monastir,
  • The Faculty of Sciences of Monastir,
  • The National School of Engineers of Monastir,
  • The Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of Monastir,
  • The Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir,
  • The Higher Institute of Technological Studies Ksar Hilal,
  • The School of Health Sciences and Techniques of Monastir,
  • The Higher Institute of Languages Applied to Business and Tourism Moknine
  • The Higher Institute of Computer Science and Mathematics of Monastir,
  • The Higher Institute of Fashion Crafts of Monastir.

With its 18 vocational training centers with a capacity of 2619 posts, the governorate of Monastir supplies the job market of skilled labor and specialized in local industries including textiles, clothing, tourism, agriculture and fishing.