Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Development, Investment and International Co-operation Minister Zied Ladhari said Tuesday that the rate of foreign investment had edged up 17.7% in the 1st half of 2018, pointing out that his department will organise, in September, a high-level forum to announce over 20 major public-private partnership projects.

Taking the floor at a workshop organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the German Agency for International Co-operation (GIZ) on “Regional Development and the Decentralisation Plan,” he indicated that “the government is endeavouring to promote the potential for investment in the regions and Tunisia’s destination at the international level.”

He recalled that “the regional development program mobilised 2,000 million dinars transferred to regional councils in April 2018.”

Ladhari stressed “the need to create equal opportunities between regions in terms of essential services but also in terms of economic opportunities, while taking into consideration the competitive advantages of each region.”

He also announced “the envisaged restructuring of regional development offices to become integrated regional development agencies whose main objective will be to promote the strong assets of each region on a national and international scale,” insisting on “the importance of co-ordination between the administrations and the structures of the State in this regard.”

GIZ expert Ali Abab laid emphasis for his part, on the importance of transforming regions into “development poles,” where the state will play a major role alongside local actors and the private sector,” adding that “the orientation towards decentralisation will have positive spin-offs in the near future.”

According to his words “It is necessary to review the economic map in order to establish large cities in an integrated approach to territorial and economic development.”