21 December 2012

Tunisia: President Marzouki Calls for Guaranteeing Poor Regions' Right to Economic Development

Kebili — President Moncef Marzouki urged, on Friday in Kebili, Government, civil society, businessmen and political parties to honour their duties in speeding up the development process and guaranteeing the underprivileged regions' right to economic development through project-creations.

Meeting, in Kebili, with the regional executives, civil society representatives and the Revolution martyrs and wounded families, Mr. Marzouki spoke of the need to form a restricted and effective technocratic government, one able to energise the development pace and achieve an "honourable" growth rate which meets the people's expectations.

The President of the Republic also called to achieve a political and social truce and avoid critical situations which, he said, "may strike a fatal blow in some regions, which are still waiting for the arrival of economic promoters and new laws that would gradually break with administrative bureaucracy."

Participants in the meeting raised issues that hamper development in the region, pointing to the Rjim Maatoug solar energy project which has not been completed and the unsettled situation of some farmlands.

They also claimed regularisation of land titles, which is still hindering the achievement of several projects, stressing the need to find the necessary funding to carry them out, as well as solve the water issue in the region.

The attendees also emphasised the necessity to establish a date's office, identify employment and investment opportunities in the region, make the most of farm products and tourism and launch higher vocational training institutes.

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