Tunis — A series of measures aimed to develop production in the Gafsa mine basin were decided at a Cabinet meeting held on Thursday to restore normal production and transport of phosphate, particularly in Redeyef after the improvement of the general situation in the region.
The meeting, headed by Interim Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, reviewed the main indicators of the sector in order to improve production in the mine basin in the period running from September to December 2013.
Measures taken to this effect aim to continue the materialisation of recommendations made by previous cabinet meeting to ensure a gradual restoration of the normal pace of production, transport and processing of phosphate and set qualitative targets to strengthen rail and land transport.
Regarding the rail component, the aim is to reach an average of 10 train cars per day in September and 12 train cars in the last quarter of 2013.
It was agreed to implement measures designed to ensure production, transport and functioning of the administration and step up co-ordination between the different stakeholders, including the ministries of industry, transport, interior and national defence and local structures.
It was also agreed to develop practical plans of action to modernise the structure and develop the activities of companies operating in the areas of environment, transport and maintenance to make the most of human resources.
The Cabinet meeting also ordered to accelerate the implementation of development, social and environmental projects and programmes and refer to the legislation in force in hiring executives within the CPG and the GCT.
The meeting also agreed to task "a watch and monitoring unit" with ensuring the implementation of all measures.
This unit, to be headed by the Prime Minister, will include among its members, the ministers of industry, interior, national defence, justice and transport.
It will be responsible for developing periodic monitoring reports on the sector's activities.
There was also talk of developing a forward-looking strategy to ensure the sustainability of the sector's financial balances and promote its openness on the various components of the civil society.
The aim is to build a healthy social climate to ensure the continuity of business and its development.