On the holding Thursday, June 3, 2021, of the 3rd Franco-Tunisian High Council for Cooperation, six agreements were signed in the presence of the 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, trade and digital technology.
1 – Credit agreement of €41 million for the Office of the Merchant Marine and Ports (OMMP)
EUR 41-million (130 MTD) sovereign loan retroceded to the OMMP for the acquisition of 6 new tugboats that will be assigned to the commercial ports managed by the Office: La Goulette, Bizerte, Sousse, Sfax, Gabes and Zarzis. They replace six tugs acquired in the 1980s and 1990s.
2 – EUR 40 million credit agreement to the Republic of Tunisia to finance a program to increase resilience to natural disasters
This project will provide direct support to Tunisia’s National Disaster and Climate Change Resilience Program over a five-year period (2021-2026). Specifically, it aims to improve urban flood risk reduction, strengthen disaster risk preparedness and early warning systems, enhance financial protection, promote institutional coordination, and establish an enabling legal framework for 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 worth 202,000 euros (about 650,000 dinars) aims to improve the performance of the Djerba seawater desalination plant, using reverse osmosis technology, in order to reduce its energy and chemical consumption, while increasing the life span of the membranes and reducing the discharges into the sea of filter and membrane cleaning water.
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 agricultural field
The renewal of this administrative arrangement allows to revitalize the bilateral cooperation between the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries and to strengthen partnership in the fields of agriculture, rural development and agri-food.
6 – Signature of a declaration of intent in the digital sector
France and Tunisia propose to initiate a “digital dialogue” which will aim at exchanges and sharing of experiences and best practices in the digital sector and promote complementarities and synergies in the agreed areas of partnership.