Tunisia, European bloc ink two funding agreements in administration, health | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia, European bloc ink two funding agreements in administration, health

Tunisia and the European Union (EU) Tuesday inked two financing agreements worth 94 million euros.

The agreements were signed by Tunisia’s Foreign Affairs and Health Ministers, Khemaies Jhinaoui and Samira Merai respectively, and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn.

The signing ceremony was held in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, in the presence of Premier Youssef Chahed.

The two agreements, which will cover a four-year period, concern the sectors of administration and health.

The first offers funding and support for the modernisation of the Tunisian administration and public companies (73.5 million euros), while the second provides for financing and support for the health sector (20.5 million euros).

The agreement geared towards the Tunisian administration seeks to assist Tunisia with the implementation of its upgrading strategy, in line with the orientations of the five-year development plan (2016-2020), to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, quality and transparency of action of public services.

A better governance of public services and state-owned companies is another objective.

The accord is also aimed to enhance the quality of services throughout the country, modernise and professionalise the forward-looking management of human resources in civil service and master the forward-looking management of the payroll, jobs and compensation expenses to preserve financial balances.

The second agreement aims to help Tunisia improve living conditions and well-being at all ages.

“The purpose is to enhance the primary health care system in the governorates of Jendouba, El Kef, Siliana, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa, Gabes, Kebili and Medenine and in the districts of southern Tunis, Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen.”

“This agreement seeks to provide public health centres with the equipment needed for the well-being of Tunisians,” Johannes Hahn told TAP.

This is a further contribution by the European Union to development in Tunisia in the service of the interests of Tunisians who will have access to health services not only in cities but also in regions, he pointed out.

Earlier, Johannes Hahn had a talk with Premier Youssef Chahed.

Source: TAP NEWs Agency

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