Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia, on Thursday, signed a strategic partnership paper for the period 2018-2020 with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group and five loan agreements for electricity transmission projects, construction of two regional hospitals and financing of foreign trade and investment guarantee, in addition to a donation for the benefit of Tunisia’s border regions.

Zied Ladhari, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation told reporters after the signing of these agreements that the strategic partnership document between Tunisia and the IsDB sums up lines of work, which will be developed with the group over the next three years as well as the projects that will be planned and implemented with the Islamic bank.

Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energy Khaled Kaddour said Tunisia has obtained, under the electricity transmission agreement, a financing worth €121 million (approximately 360 MD) which will contribute, with the self-financing provided by STEG, to strengthen the company’s electricity transmission network.

The minister said the studies for this project are ready and the work will start as soon as possible to cover 30 stations, stressing that this agreement will strengthen Tunisia’s energy strategy in the short and long terms.

Health Minister Imed Hammami said the second agreement concerns the project to create two regional hospitals in Thala (Kasserine governorate) and Dahmani (Kef governorate) for a total of 90 MD. This funding will involve construction works and equipment.

The minister noted that the studies are ready and that all the land issues have been resolved, announcing that the works will start before the end of 2018, while they have fallen behind since 2012.

Similarly, a $ 280,000 grant agreement was signed for the establishment of a programme and the development of a feasibility study with the aim of improving the economic and social inclusion of marginalised groups in the border regions of Tunisia.

Ladhari said Tunisia has also signed a framework agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) worth 1.5 billion dollars (3,750 MD) to fund Tunisia’s needs in the fields of foreign trade and financing of imports of strategic goods by public enterprises.

Finally, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) on co-operation in the implementation of programmes to increase the pace of foreign direct investment in Tunisia.

The signing of these agreements took place at the closure of the 43rd edition of the Annual Meetings of the IsDB Group held from April 1 to 5 in Gammarth, northern suburbs of Tunis.