22 November 2012

Tunisia: Interim PM Pays Working Visit to Governorate of Medenine

Medenine — Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Thursday, began, from Djerba-Ajim, a three-day visit to the Governorate of Medenine, accompanied by the Ministers of Equipment and Regional Development and the Secretary of State for Agriculture.

Mr. Jebali was briefed in the delegation of Djerba-Ajim about the progress of construction works of a social welfare unit designed to improve medical and social care services for 24 thousand local inhabitants.

Some 548 families will benefit from social programmes, while 646 will be granted free care and 515 will receive a disabled card.

During a meeting with the Prime Minister, local citizens called for creating medical structures, improving infrastructure, developing agricultural tracks and launching investment projects, particularly in the tourism field.

They also called for easing administrative procedures for the launch of small projects, supporting young promoters and find quick solutions to the ferry of Djerba Ajim.

The Prime Minister also learnt about projects launched by the regional management of equipment which include the specific social housing programme; This project with a cost of over 4.5 million dinars will benefit 321 families.

He also viewed models of the Gabes-Medenine motorway project which stretches over 84.2km with an overall budget of 550 million dinars.

The Interim PM also viewed the model of the Medenine-Ras Jedir motorway project which extends over 92 km and inspected the project of strengthening the surface of national road N°1 linking Medenine to Ras Jedir over 12 km.

He also learnt about some integrated agricultural development projects in the region, particularly projects planned for 2012 and providing for the development of agricultural tracks, including for example 16.5km of track in the neighbourhood of Sidi Makhlouf with a budget of 1.222 million dinars.

Mr. Jebali was also briefed on the details of the pipeline project aimed to supply the cities of Djerba, Zarzis and Medenine with natural gas. This project, which will require a budget estimated at 87 million dinars, will be operational in March 2013.

The number of integrated development projects in the northern Medenine delegation stand at 24 covering an area of 28 hectares at a total cost of 150 million dinars. The first part of these projects covering 10 hectares will be achieved in March 2013 for a cost estimated at 3 million dinars.

They include the building of a handicrafts village (650,000 dinars), the creation of an industrial zone (570,000 dinars), the achievement of public lighting projects (78,000 dinars), as well as drinkable-water-supply project for 100 families (309,000 dinars) and an asphalting programme of agricultural tracks.

During a meeting with the Prime Minister, the inhabitants of northern Medenine delegation requested the creation of a faculty of medicine and high-employability industrial enterprises to cut the large number of jobless people in the region.

They also called for boosting municipal action, authorising cleansing the deep wells, as well as completing development of the Tajra industrial zone and feeding it in natural gas.

In Ben Guerdane, Mr. Jebali enquired about the activities of the integrated centre for the needy which houses 74 children and youths. He also enquired about the concerns of the delegation's inhabitants who claimed the right to sustainable development, the creation of industrial and tourist units to protect the region's youths who are engaged in parallel trade, in addition to the improvement of environment and fight against anarchical construction.

Besides, the PM inspected the desalination project of underground water whose works reached a furtherance stage of 76%, to be completed in May 2013, worth 20 million dinars under the shape of donations granted by the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for a production capacity of 1,800 cubic meters a day.

Mr. Jebali got acquainted with the components of the project of improving the quality of Ben Guerdane water under achievement for an amount worth one million 795,000 dinars.

Inspecting the furtherance of the achievement of the industrial zone site, the Prime Minister listened to the claims of the attending citizens who called for speeding up achievement of this project.

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