Tunisia: Doubling Roman Road and Transfer of Military Barracks Among Measures to Develop Medenine Governorate

Medenine — Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced Friday, during his visit to the governorate of Medenine, a number of measures aimed to develop the region.

These measures concern doubling of the Roman road linking Djerba to Zarzis, in response to its heavy traffic.

The Prime Minister also announced the launch of a study for the achievement of a bridge linking Djerba Ajim to El-Jorf and boosting ferries in human resources, pending the completion of the scheduled bridge.

Besides, Mr. Jebali announced the transfer of the military barracks to another site, to be used economically.

In the Zarzis fishing port, Mr. Jebali enquired about the concerns of the fishermen who claimed the revision of the Tunisian-Libyan border lines and the creation of a joint committee in this field.

In this connection, they raised several issues faced by the fishermen, notably the seizure of fishing boats by the Libyan authorities and piracy.

The fishermen also stressed the need to provide the equipments of protection and swift intervention, in addition to speeding up of the second part of the extension project of the port after the completion of the first part.

During their interventions, they called for the creation of covered spaces within the port for the making and repairing of fishnets.

They also called for re-activating the taxation incentives code, fight against sea pollution, and fair distribution of the tuna fishing quotas and procurement of a crane with a capacity of 250 tonnes.

A number of unemployed people awaited Mr. Jebali on his arrival at the commercial port of Zarzis.

They were waving placards calling for the right to employment and for giving them priority in recruitment in public companies.

Mr. Jebali left the port in a climate of tension and amid protesters' call for the departure of the Government.

Director of the commercial port presented to the Interim Prime Minister data on the port, placing emphasis, in particular, on the problem of silting which prevents the port from accommodating large boats.

The port's dredging project, scheduled for 2010, has not been conducted yet, which requires the development of another study on the environmental impact which will begin in 2013, he said.

The Interim PM said the land reserves available and unexploited so far are likely to augur of a promising future for the port, adding that the calls for the creation of a shipping line between the ports of Genoa and Marseilles require a feasibility study, given its high cost compared to the port of Rades.

Director General of the space dedicated to economic activities in Zarzis proposed the creation of an economic centre to promote port's activities, especially as several investment intentions have been expressed.

Mr. Jebali learnt about activities of a unit for the production of canned sardines which began production in November 2012 with investments of 1.3 million dinars.

The production capacity of this unit is estimated at 250 cases per day and should reach 500 cases per day, 20% of which dedicated to the local market and 80% to Libya and other African countries. The unit employs 117 persons.

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