Tunis/Tunisia — The French Association for Standardisation (AFNOR) awarded on Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure, the certificate of quality management ISO 9001 version 2015.
The Ministry of Public Works becomes the first ministry in Africa to have this international certification after implementing a quality system and project management.
Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi stressed at the awards ceremony of the ISO 9001 quality management certificate, the importance of the infrastructure and public works sector to improve the living conditions of citizens and increase the employment capacity of companies operating in this field.
He recalled, in this context, that more than 1,700 million dinars were allocated in the State budget for the year 2021 to carry out various public works, housing and infrastructure projects planned to accelerate development.
Mechichi said that obtaining by the Ministry of Public Works and more specifically the Regional Directorate of Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure in Tunis, of this quality certificate confirms the success of the process of governance, good management of public projects and the establishment of transparency and the fight against corruption and administrative reform as government priorities, which will encourage the rest of public sectors and institutions to better manage their resources.
The representative of the Africa and Middle East region of AFNOR association, Sawsen Hajeri said that "the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure deserves this certificate of quality for the adoption of a programme developed in the field of governance and good management.
That programme allows it to carry out its projects in a more developed, transparent and with the required quality, in addition to strengthening the confidence of investors and partners abroad as an institution with high credibility and national skills.
The Prime Minister told TAP "the current political situation and the cabinet reshuffle crisis do not discourage the government from exercising its duty to develop vital sectors and meet the aspirations of citizens for a decent life.
He added that "the acting ministers named to supervise the important sectors have all the powers to implement the state policies in the same approaches adopted by previous governments and it is not acceptable to block their interests.
He also called on the political class to find a consensus to create a constitutional court, since it is the only structure capable of resolving all the problems related to the political situation and the structures of the state, according to him.