Unpaid debt of OACA, OMMP and CTN exceeds 1 billion dinars (Ayadi)
11/02/2019 18:41, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The unpaid debts of the Office of Civil Aviation and Airports (OACA), the Tunisian Shipping Company (CTN) and the Office of the Merchant Marine and Ports (OMMP) exceed 1 billion dinars, which requires the intervention of the Prime Ministry, said President of the High Committee of Administrative and Financial Control (French: HCCAF) Kamel Ayadi.

These unpaid debts are among the failures recorded in the field of air transport, he told reporters, on the sidelines of a meeting, held Monday, in camera, between the Ministry and the HCCAF.

Concerning the delay in the delivery of passengers' baggage, he noted that the OACA has acknowledged its responsibility with respect to only 4% of the cases, which requires the intervention of the Ministry of Transport to solve this problem.

As for the losses of the National Company of Interurban Transport (SNTRI), they reached 4 times its capital and despite the presentation by the company of a restructuring programme in 2014 and its update in 2018, it is still waiting to be submitted to a Cabinet meeting.

Minister of Transport Hichem Ben Ahmed said the Court of Auditors and general control structures of the Prime Ministry and State Property have identified 500 offences in the different structures and companies of which 318 have been settled and 182 are under review.

The ministry is studying the restructuring of several companies in the sector in 2019, he said, noting that the restructuring is not limited to the injection of funds but also relates to several aspects, including commercial and social.

The department also plans to acquire 110 wagons to strengthen rail transport to improve the quality of public transport.

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