Current situation of State properties requires reactivity of their economic and social role
11/02/2019 17:48, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The current situation in the State's properties requires more than ever the revitalisation of the role of real estate in general and State property in particular, but also the promotion of its economic and social vocations, according to Minister of State Properties and Land Affairs, Hédi Makni.

During a meeting, organised on Monday in Tunis, on the theme "the the state properties in the service of development and creating employment", Makni added that "the revitalisation of the role of the State property, requires the rehabilitation of the entire sector in order to renounce the residues of traditional property systems".

The Minister stressed that the development of State property is one of the fundamental axes of the government's policy, which supports the national effort to achieve the expected objectives through the exploitation of the wealth at its disposal.

In this regard, he recalled the importance of the role of State agricultural assets in reducing the unemployment rate through the implementation of a programme to provide higher education graduates among the unemployed with rental housing estates in order to improve their skills and better exploit investments in the development of State agricultural property.

For his part, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Samir Taieb, said that his department is coordinating with the Ministries of State Properties and Land Affairs and Professional Training and Employment to create a joint and multidisciplinary commission to examine the various stages of the national project dedicated to higher education graduates, devoting more than 10 thousand hectares of agricultural land to them in the form of agricultural subdivisions.

The Minister specified that the commission will be responsible for studying and analyzing the potential of the housing developments identified in the regions and assisting the beneficiaries in developing development programmes for the future.

According to Taieb, the commission will seek to encourage the beneficiaries of this programme to organise themselves within the framework of professional structures and to reduce the cost of supply and disposal in a first step.

During the other stages, the commission will guide them to carry out other high value-added activities (packaging, processing, exports), in addition to seeking sources of financing, which remain, according to the Minister, one of the main problems facing farmers in general.

The seminar was held at the initiative of the Ministry of State Properties and Land Affairs with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries and the Department of Vocational Training and Employment.

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