Tunisia: New Measures and Projects to Boost Development in Kairouan Governorate

Tunis — A cabinet meeting, held on Friday in Tunis under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's chairmanship, decided a set of new measures and projects for the benefit of the governorate of Kairouan.

These decisions were taken in light of furtherance of the achievement of the draft 2012 Finance Law for the region.

In the industry sector, the cabinet decided to set up a regional representation of the Industrial Landed Agency in the governorate and to develop two industrial zones-those of the "Tunis Road" and the "El-Battan Road" areas-early 2013, as well as to speed up settlement of the landed and administrative files related to the achievement of industrial zones in the Nasrallah, Chebika, Oueslati, Haffouz and Bouhajla districts.

Regarding the equipment, the Prime Ministry underscores that decision was taken to conduct a study on linking Kairouan to the motorway network before the end of 2013 and another study on the refitting of the Kairouan ring road, between the Zriba crossroads and the National Road 12 linking Kairouan to Sousse.

In this same connection, the meeting decided to speed up start of works of the road projects scheduled for the governorate, notably boosting and doubling sections of the National Road 12, re-development of Regional Road 46, start of the execution study for the creation of a municipal sanitation network in Sbikha, early 2013, start of works scheduled for 2014 and preparation by the National Sanitation Board of a programme for specific interventions in the Chebika municipality.

Besides, the meeting decided to speed up pace of the implementation of the drinkable-water programme, as well as supplying of the Dhraa Boukef and El-Ouagbia schools, in the delegation of Bouhajla, and maintenance of the drinkable-water network in Haffouz (Adderaa) and El Ala (Sayada and Ouled Jeddou).

On the agriculture sector, the meeting decided the development and asphalting of 20 km of rural tracks in the irrigated zone of Ain Boumourra, delegation of Sbikha, and that of Houareb, in the delegation of Chebika, as well as that of Sidi Saad, in the delegation of Nasrallah; in addition to the start of the study of the second stage of the Al Hidhab project for integrated agricultural development in the governorate of Kairouan, in light of the results of the first stage of the project, and the upgrading of the Chebika fodder plant nursery.

Regarding culture and tourism, the meeting decided to work out a special programme that associates the Ministries of Tourism, Religious Affairs and Culture, to boost the external influence of the city of Kairouan as a centre of Islamic culture, as well as create a regional management of the Religious Affairs Ministry in the city of Kairouan.

Decision was also taken to start the rehabilitation works of the ancient rampart of Kairouan city and old buildings.

Additionally, the Cabinet decided to create a Centre of Dramatic Arts in the governorate and to launch a study for the achievement of a tourist circuit between the governorates of Siliana and Kairouan, and a pilot tourist zone inside the city of Kairouan which covers a 12-hectare area.

Concerning the health sector, the meeting announced the start of studies for building a new hospital in Kairouan and upgrading the two local hospitals of Bouhajla and Haffouz into regional category-B hospitals.

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