Installation of municipalities continues effectively, says Chokri Belhassen | Tunisia News Gazette

Installation of municipalities continues effectively, says Chokri Belhassen

Secretary of State for Local Affairs and Environment Chokri Belhassen said the installation process of municipalities is still going well, adding that their number has risen from 264 to 350 municipalities.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 1st Regional Forum of the “MINARET” project (MENA region initiative in renewable energy technologies as a Model of NEXUS approach) on the interdependence between energy, water and food, Belhassen said 750 million dinars will be allocated to new municipalities and 400 million dinars to municipalities that have been re-developed. This in addition to the old municipalities.

The total funds allocated by the State to 350 municipalities to launch infrastructure and investment projects under the 2016-2020 investment plan amount to 3 thousand million dinars, he pointed out.

In the first half of 2018, the debts of 64 municipalities to public institutions, which amount to 100 million dinars, will be cancelled, in accordance with the decisions of the Cabinet meeting of November 30, 2017, said the Secretary of State.

This initiative aims to create the necessary conditions for elected municipal councils to allow them to carry out municipal actions since municipalities with debts cannot invest.

In this context, Belhassen indicated that the total amount of municipal debts amounts to 150 million dinars.

Source: TAP News Agency

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