By Wiem Melki | Dec 30 2011japanese , Ministry of Industry and Technology , Ministry of International Cooperation , Om Larayas , WPolitics ,
The Ministry of Industry and Technology and several civil society organizations have beenÂ franticallyÂ negotiatingÂ with the Japanese company, Yazaki Group,Â inÂ an effortÂ to reopen theÂ factorty that was recently shutdownÂ in GafsaÂ (southern Tunisia).
Yazaki’s Om Larayes plant in Gafsa was officiallyÂ closed on December 20. Several days of strikes disrupted productionÂ at the company, whichÂ led to significant losses. Yazaki, a cabling firm,Â employed 2,200 workers in Gafsa, and the closure ofÂ the facility has amplified the already burdensome strain ofÂ unemploymentÂ on the region.
The press attachÃ© of the Ministry of Industry and Technology asserted that the ministry isÂ working hard to convince the company to reopenÂ theÂ Om Larayes branch. He also mentioned thatÂ the Ministry of International CooperationÂ isÂ concerting efforts toÂ coaxÂ foreignÂ corporations toÂ returnÂ Tunisia – in accordance withÂ new government’s policy to restablish foreign trust in the investment environment in Tunisia.
Zina Brichini, the management director of Yazaki in Gafsa, asserted that nothing has yet beenÂ confirmed. She claimed that a final decisionÂ will beÂ made by the end of next week.