Ministry of Transport proposes creation of transportation subsidy fund (Minister) | Tunisia News Gazette

Ministry of Transport proposes creation of transportation subsidy fund (Minister)

The Ministry of Transport has proposed to the government the creation of a multi-party transport subsidy fund to avoid the increase of public transport fares, said Minister of Transport Radhouane Ayara.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday at the Kasbah Government Palace, after a small Cabinet meeting on mega-projects in the transport sector, Ayara added that his department has asked the government to consider in 2018 a possible increase in public transport fares that have remained stable since 2010.

He pointed out that during this year, the state budget provides for a 10% increase in public transport fares, adding that the final decision will be made only in the context of discussions with the social partner, in order to reach compromises.

Ayara raised the issue of the debt of 10 public transport companies, namely TUNISAIR, the Tunisian National Railway Company (SNCFT), the Railway Works Company (SOTRAFER), the Tunis Transport Company ( TRANSTU), the Tunisian Stevedoring and Handling Company (STAM), the National Company of Interurban Transport (SNTRI), the Regional Transport Company of the Governorate of Sfax (SORETRAS), the Regional Transport Company of the Sahel (STS), the Regional Transport Company of Nabeul Governorate (SRTGN) and the Tunisian Navigation Company (CTN).

However, the Minister did not provide figures on debt, merely pointing out that these companies are facing financial difficulties requiring urgent intervention.

He added that during the small Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed emphasised the need to give priority to this issue through organising working sessions between the Ministry of Transport and the social side to make decisions likely to help restore the financial balance of these public companies.

The transport minister also discussed the main projects in the transport sector scheduled for this year and the next one, including the deep water port in Enfidha (Sousse).

There is also the realisation of wharves 8 and 9 at the port of Rades, whose cost is estimated at 450 Million Dinars (MD), said the Minister, adding that the period of implementation and entry into operation of these wharves will not exceed two years.

The small Cabinet meeting also examined the calls for tenders for the implementation of the logistics zone project in Rades on a surface of 37 hectares at a cost of 200 MD.

The minister also announced that the duration of work in the area is three years and that the construction works the Sfax metro project will begin no later than 2021.

Source: TAP News Agency

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