Tunisia and France sign six cooperation agreements
On Thursday June 3, 2021 outfit from 3rd High Franco-Tunisian Cooperation Council, six agreements were signed in the presence of French Prime Minister Jean CASTEX, and his Tunisian counterpart Hichem MECHICHI.
These agreements cover the areas of maritime transport, natural disaster preparedness, seawater desalination, agriculture, commerce and digital technology.
1 – Credit agreement of € 41 million for the Office de la Marine Marchande et des Ports (OMMP)
Sovereign loan of 41 million euros (130 MTD) retroceded to the OMMP for the acquisition of 6 new tugs which will be assigned to the commercial ports managed by the Office: La Goulette, Bizerte, Sousse, Sfax, Gabès and Zarzis . They replace six tugs acquired in the 1980s and 1990s.
2 – Credit agreement of 40 million euros to the Republic of Tunisia to finance a program to strengthen resilience to natural disasters
This project will provide direct support to the Tunisian National Disaster and Climate Change Resilience Program over a five-year period (2021-2026). More specifically, it aims to improve urban flood risk reduction, strengthen disaster risk preparedness and early warning systems, improve financial protection, promote institutional coordination and establish an enabling legal framework. disaster risk management.
3 – FEXTE partnership agreement between SONEDE, AFD and Aquassay for the project to improve the industrial and environmental performance of two desalination plants in Djerba
This agreement in the amount of 202,000 euros (approximately 650,000 dinars) aims to improve the performance of the Djerba seawater desalination plant, using reverse osmosis technology, in order to reduce its energy consumption and chemical, while increasing the life of the membranes and reducing discharges into the sea of water used to clean filters and membranes.
4 – Signing of a letter of intent in the commercial sector
This letter of intent aims to create a joint Franco-Tunisian working group to develop technical cooperation relations between France and Tunisia in the fields of trade and export development.
5 – Signature of a new administrative arrangement in the agricultural sector
The renewal of this administrative arrangement will revitalize bilateral cooperation between the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries and strengthen the partnership in the areas of agriculture, rural development and agrifood.
6 – Signature of a declaration of intent in the digital domain
France and Tunisia propose to initiate a “digital dialogue” which will aim at exchanges and sharing of experiences and good practices in the digital sector and will promote complementarities and synergies in the agreed areas of partnership.