The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has agreed to finance four research projects in counter-terrorism with a budget of 2.5 million dinars. According to a statement by the Ministry of Higher Education released on Wednesday, these research projects will be launched by the end of 2016 and will span four years. They are divided between the human and social sciences component with a project commissioned by the centre of research and economic and social studies of Tunis, the engineering and technology component by the biotechnology centre of Sfax, a project by the centre of research in micro-electronics and nanotechnologies of Sousse and a project for the centre of studies and research in telecommunications of Tunis and the center of digital research of Sfax. These projects will be carried out with the assistance of six research centres and 29 research bodies (research laboratories and research units), in addition to 18 partners in the economic and social environment and the ministries of defense and information technologies and the digital economy.
The French Development Agency is preparing to establish a diversified partnership with the Gafsa region, in particular with the Phosphates Company to create rail lines connected to ports and dedicated to phosphate transport, especially to the governorate of Sfax, France’s ambassador in Tunis, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor told TAP on Tuesday during his visit to the region. France is willing to finance this project, he said. Efforts are being made to boost the partnership between Gafsa governorate and several French regions, including Lille and the Pays de la Loire, the diplomat said, pointing out that a cultural centre will be created in Gafsa as part of the promotion of the sector in the region. The visit of the French Ambassador in Gafsa is part of monitoring the project to rehabilitate the districts of Essourour and El Moula, financed by AFD and the Tunisian Agency for Rehabilitation and Urban Renewal (ARRU). During his meeting with the governor of Gafsa, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor spoke about the multidisciplinary hospital project that will be carried out in 3 or 4 years for EUR 60 million in the framework of the recycling of part of Tunisia’s debt to France. This project will have a large influence on neighbouring regions, he pointed out.