Tataouine — Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali undertook, on Friday, to create an investment fund in Tataouine to encourage creation of projects and support investors, notably in this democratic transition period.
At a meeting held in Tataouine with businessmen, oil companies' officials and representatives of the Regional Labour Union and the Regional Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union, Mr. Jebali asserted the State's will to energise the Islamic banks' role in the region, in order to boost the regional development machine.
The Prime Minister laid emphasis on the Government's keenness to improve the security climate in the region and fight against the smuggling phenomenon.
Taking the floor, Regional Development and Planning Minister Jameleddine Gharbi said that the State had earmarked 10 million dinars of its 2012 budget to implement the social development programme in the region, specifying in this regard that 14 projects had been suspended in the region for lack of funding.
Participants in the meeting called for connecting certain production areas in the region with the Zarzis port by rail, to favour exportation of goods, connect the governorate of Tataouine to the highway and promote Saharan tourism in the region.
Besides, Mr. Jebali met with representatives of political parties in the region, who voiced wish that the Government meet the local inhabitants' aspirations to development and employment.