At the risk of using very common premises, we may state that the Tunisian-French cooperation in the field of transport is on track. And French Secretary of State for Transport, Dominique Bussereau’visit in Tunisia is there to evidence it.
The will exists to turn this cooperation into a model of partnership. Furthermore, the quality and the number of projects involving France are viewed by both sides as mutually beneficial.
Whether road transport, air or sea one, the French contribution, whether technological or financial, is so significant or even decisive that it allows to make further steps towards meeting Tunisia’s expectations in terms of infrastructure, trade and tourist flows.
This will be in any case an essential issue that the French Prime Minister François Fillon will discuss in a few weeks in Tunis within the framework of a visit the Secretary of State is preparing for the purpose of implementing projects agreed during the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Tunisia.
Two partnership agreements in air and railway transport were already signed, on Tuesday.
The first accord pertains to an industrial co-operation agreement between French SAFRAN group and Tunisian TELNET company, for setting up a joint venture in the aviation engineering fields, such as mechanical and electronic engineering, on-board software, etc.
This co-operation accord also touches on the training and research field. This structure comes to complete the activities of the M’ghira aeronautic park, in Ben Arous, piloted by Aérolia, an Airbus branch.
This agreement also creates a joint venture in the field of microchips and related applications, notably in matters of biometrics and securisation of microchips. The second agreement pertains to a funding protocol between the Tunisian National Railway Company (SNCF) and French consortium THALES-VOSSLOH-COGIFER.
This is a traffic-light project of the sections of Borj Cedria-Kalaa Seghira on the Tunis-Gabes railway line 5 and the Manouba-Ghardimaou, on the Tunis-Ghardimaou track.
The cost of this project stands at about 16.6 million euros, i.e. 36.5 million dinars (MTD).
This project completes a previous agreement on modernisation of the railway track of the southern suburb of Tunis city which includes the achievement of infrastructures by French ALSTOM company at a cost 100 MTD.