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Cabinet meeting approves 5 draft laws, 4 government decrees

Published the:  04/05/2016

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04 May 2016 - TAP - Five draft laws and four government decrees on investment, project financing in regions, education and expropriation of property in the public interest, in particular, were approved by the Cabinet meeting held Wednesday in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage.

Among the bills, three are three draft laws on financing agreements with a total value of EUR 36.45 million (80 millions dinars), signed on April 5, 2016 with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), government spokesperson Khaled Chawket told reporters after the meeting.

Bills involve the development of integrated agriculture in 3 delegations in Sfax (Hancha, Menzel Chaker and Bir Ali Ben Khalifa).

There is also a draft law on the revision of tax benefits to give fresh impetus to private investment in interior regions through granting new advantages and facilitating tax procedures to promote job creation.

As for the fifth bill, it provides for amendment to the legislation on public highway land and aims to protect roads against the damage incurred in recent years, and which represent a danger to traffic and entails maintenance spending.

The meeting also adopted some government decrees, including the decree on granting benefits provided for by the Investment Code (Article 52) to a company to build a cement plant in Mezouna, Sidi Bouzid that will generate 500 jobs.

There is also a decree on the creation of the Office of School Services, provided for under the education reform and defining its administrative and financial organization.

The meeting also approved a decree on expropriation in the public interest of plots of lands in the area of Hammam Maarouf, Sousse to build a technological center and another decree on expropriation in the public interest of plots of land in Foussana and Hidra, Kasserine to build a hill dam in Wadi Ain El Bidha.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Habib Essid also discussed the general situation in the country in the areas of security, economy and education, said Chawket.