On Friday, April 27, the Liquid Petroleum Gas Project of the South has been approved by the Tunisian government in the southern governorate of Tataouine.
A number of other regional projects have also been approved.
The governorate went on a general strike on April 24 in protest of the continued economic marginalization of the region since Tunisia’s independence from France in 1956, according to Mohamed Sghaier, the Tataouine member of the National Constituent Assembly.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Lamine Chakhari met with a delegation from Tataouine at the Ministry’s headquarters to inform them about the government’s decision to grant a license for the gas project and a cement plant that should begin operation in the region no later than six months from the time of approval, Chakhari told Radio Tataouine.
Yesterday, Sghaier met with Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali as well.
Their meeting saw the final approval of the Liquid Petroleum Gas Project of the South, which has been one of the major demands of Tataouine locals.
On the same day, the government approved another project to create a third border crossing between Tunisia and Libya at Machhad Saleh-Tiji and is waiting for the Libyan authorities’ approval when the political situation stabilizes in the country.
Khaled Azzouz, a Tataouine local and president of a cultural association, expressed his satisfaction with the Tunisian government’s decision to initiate the development projects in his city.