Kuwait to fund $98m road rehabilitation in Tunisia
Kuwait's loan is part of a $500m package it pledged at the Tunisia 2020 conference in 2016
Kuwait has agreed to fund the rehabilation of hundreds of kilometres of roads that link 22 provinces across the Tunisian countryside.
As reported by Kuwait News Agency (Kuna), Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFEAD) signed the $98.4m (KWD30m) loan deal, which comes as part of a $500m (KWD152m) support and assistance package Kuwait pledged at a conference in Tunisia in late 2016.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Abdulwahab Al-Bader, KFEAD's director general, said the project would “have a positive impact on the economic and social levels for many Tunisians”.
Farmers in particular will benefit from the rehabilitated roads, which could provide for the transport of their produce, added Zied Ladhari, Tunisia’s Minister of Development, Investment, and International Cooperation, as reported by Kuna.
The minister reportedly “praised the Kuwaiti government fund’s contributions to Tunisia over the past decades, including some 36 projects in vital sectors such as drinking water, irrigation, dams, rural and industrial land development, healthcare, and education”.
The news underscores the close commercial ties shared between Kuwait and Tunisia, particularly through KFEAD.
Last November, the fund signed a loan agreement worth $79.4m (KWD24m) to build four hospitals across Tunisia. Al Bader said the loan and grant were provided as part of the support programme announced by Kuwait during the Tunisia 2020 conference, held in 2016.