Tunisian phosphates output in Gafsa still suspended

Govt chief announces mobilisation for sit-ins and protests

04 December, 17:27

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 4 - Tunisia, a significant world producer of phosphates, has in recent days suffered once more from a halt to production in several sites of the Gafsa Production Company (GPC) in the southern part of the country due to protests and sit-ins against measures recently announced by the head of the government for the Gafsa governorate.

    The measures were deemed insufficient by protestors.

    The Mdhila site in Gafsa, after months of paralysis due to the protests, had restarted production on November 19 but has since stopped once more.

    For the first time in Tunisia, in fifth place among world producers of phosphates until 2010, in September was forced to import phosphates.

    Energy experts say that this was the result of a decade of bad management of this sector, previously known as one of the pillars of the national economy.

    The head of the Tunisian government, Hichem Mechichi, in recent days ordered that moves be made to enforce the laws, reopen public streets occupied by protestors and resume operations at production sites.

    Intervention to liberate the production sites will happen in coordination with judicial authorities.

    Several regions and governorates in the southern part of the country are currently experiencing a wave of protests and tensions, especially in the Games industrial zone.(ANSAmed).


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