Tunisia: Follow-Up of Situation in Ben Guerdane

Tunis — The follow-up of the latest developments in Ben Guerdane was the focus of a working session held Thursday evening in the Prime Ministry, with attendance of representatives of the civil society in the region, local executives and several government members.

The members of the delegation voiced indignation of the statements "which undermined the legitimacy of the social movement and the development claims in the region," a Prime Ministry's statement reports on Friday.

A march had ended up with violent clashes between the protesters and the security forces, last Saturday January 12 in Ben Guerdane, in reaction to the statements of caretaker Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali during a working visit in Libya.

The Prime Ministry specifies, in the statement, that the declarations targeted "irresponsible parties having tried to use this legitimate popular movement to undermine the prestige of the state and institutions."

The working session was an occasion to tackle the following issues:

Ras Jedir border crossing :

The government underlined will to re-establish the ordinary activities of this border crossing and carry on dialogue with the Libyan authorities in this respect, specifying that it was agreed to set up a mechanism for the follow-up of this file.

Industry:

Concerning the Ben Guerdane industrial zone.

A meeting is scheduled on Saturday January 19, 2013 in the Ben Guerdane delegation to find solutions to the issues registered and favour the start of works in the shortest terms.

Infrastructure

Conceiving and achieving a master plan of road traffic in Ben Guerdane.

Speeding up the achievement of the sanitary evacuation, the wastewater treatment plant as well as the evacuation project of rainwater.

Trade:

Connecting the Ben Guerdane Maghreb market to public lighting network.

Guaranteeing maintenance of the network installation inside the market and in all the space.

The handicrafts Centre to open again.

Sports, Youths and Children :

Completing the achievement of the Ben Guerdane sport centre.

Tourism:

Registering the Ben Guerdane municipality among the municipalities benefiting from the interventions of the Tourist Zones Protection Fund.

Rehabilitation of popular districts:

Rehabilitation of Amaria, Yakadha, Ennasr and other districts.

Agriculture and Fishery:

Concerning the enlargement project of the Ben Guerdane El Ktef fishery port: a tender was announced by the end of 2012. The achievement works are due to start in the second quarter of 2013.

Health:

Endowing the Ben Guerdane local hospital with equipment to guarantee the required care.

Culture and information:

Building the outdoor theatre.

Developing an urban park.

Activating the Ben Guerdane radio station.

Municipal action:

Helping the municipality in creating a municipal slaughterhouse and closing the older one.

Helping the municipality in the implementation of the municipal plan of sustainable waste processing in association with Switzerland.

Creating a commission on the regional level to guarantee the fellow-up of the private projects.

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