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JICA support to Tunisia

Published the:  29/03/2011

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March 29, 2011 – TAP - Japan's International Cooperation Agency JICA-Tunisia has been supporting Tunisia since 1975 in four priority sectors, namely industrial upgrading, reduction of regional disparity, environment and south-south cooperation. This support, says JICA March newsletter, finds expression in technical and financial cooperation (credits or donations).
The last of these credits is the one concluded last February 7 with the national railway company SNCFT for the electrification of the railway line of the southern suburb of Tunis.
The loan worth 13 171 million yens, that is about 200 million dinars, will allow to meet the future rising needs in matters of transport and improve the environment in the area concerned, says the communiqué.
Another technical cooperation plan has been launched in 2009 in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Technology and is expected to be completed in 2012. This plan targets 60 pilot firms in the sectors of electrical and mechanical engineering industries and packaging.
As regards technical cooperation to reduce regional disparity, a donation worth one billion yens (16 million dinars) has been granted to Tunisia for a plan of underground water desalination in Ben Guerdane, as part of a non refundable financial aid based on Japan's Government "cool earth partnerships" initiative.
Signed in March last year with Tunisia's water utility SONEDE for two years, this project will allow some 73 000 people to have access to drinking water and improve their living conditions.
JICA is also financing a project entitled «Plan to transfer water of northern Tunisia», as part of contribution to the development of water resources management. The plan, extending from 2006 to 2013, is meant to increase the flow from dams in the far north of Tunisia (Elkébir- El-Moula and Zarga) through the dam of Sejnane to the Medjerda-Cap Bon channel and thus further improve the quality of drinking water and irrigation water meant for the regions of greater Tunis, Cap Bon and Sahel.
Another plan of rural electrification and water supply through solar energy worth 23,6MD, including 20 MD-credits allocated by Japan is also under achievement. This plan started in 2005 is expected to be completed in 2012 and targets several governorates like Béja,Jendouba, Siliana, Sousse, Gabès and Tataouine.