Government determined to live up to its commitments towards Sfax, says Premier | Tunisia News Gazette

Government determined to live up to its commitments towards Sfax, says Premier

The Government of National Unity is “determined, notwithstanding difficulties, to meet its commitments towards the governorate of Sax, ” Premier Yourself Chafed said as he opened on Wednesday evening the 51st edition of Sax International Fair (July 4-18). The government will also speed up the implementation of measures announced in last April 20-21 visit, the PM highlighted.

Civil society activists were critical, on the eve of Chemed’s visit, of the “lack of political will to improve the state of affairs in the region and respond to the concerns of locals” and “the lack of seriousness” in converting the Premier’s decisions into action.

A package of measures (40) was announced by Chafed, including large-scale projects which civil society thinks are not moving forward as expected such as Taparura project, Sfax metro line, the sports complex and the dismantling of SIAP polluting units.

“Measures coming gradually into effect shows the government is keen to monitor and speed up the realisation of projects,” the Premier emphasised. Dismantling works in SIAP started Tuesday and the project of the digital library saw legal barriers overcome in addition to the announcement of tenders for carrying out the second phase of Taparura project and the start of sanitation projects in working-class districts.

Chahed also reminded of the tender to develop the northern entrance of the city and build 150 social housing units in Sakiet Ezzit as well as the opening in Kerkennah of a local office of the National Health Insurance Fund.

He urged, in this vein, local authorities not to await the Prime Minister’s visit to take action in order to boost projects and development.

“There is need to emphasise the key role of Sfax in the country’s economic and development system which explains why the government is determined to put an end to the marginalisation endured by the region for years now,” the PM underlined.

Sfax International Fair, placed under the high auspices of President of the Republic Beji Caid Essebsi, “has become one of the most important national economic events” which supports regional and national development efforts.

In another connection, Chahed said Tunisia is waging three wars against terror – which is bearing fruit owing to the sacrifices of the military and security apparatus- , corruption which threatens the democratic system and unemployment and development which he called the “mother of all battles.” These three battles require patience, unity and the involvement of regions, he underscored.

Earlier, the Premier toured stands of the fair which saw the participation of 276 exhibitors (furniture, decoration, household appliances, ready-to-wear, footwear), including 35 young craftsmen.

Source: TAP News Agency

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