President Bourguiba has opened a new phosphate plant in the industrial complex at Gabes. The?
President Bourguiba has opened a new phosphate plant in the industrial complex at Gabes. The port of Gabes, two hundred miles (320 kilometres) south of Tunis, is the scene of an ambitious project to create an integrated seaport and industrial city though attention has also been given to preserving the environment for what President bourguiba called "this other industry" -- tourism. The development has involved building huge dykes to provide shelter for shipping.
In the decade 1966-76 at least 12 industrial projects will be established at Gabes, employing directly at least 1,600 people. The coat will be some 90 million dinar (nearly 60 million pounds sterling).
The projects already include chemicals works, a brickwork, electricity station, and a gas pipeline terminal. On the drawing board are a cement works, petrol refinery, and factories producing florescent gas and chemical fertilizer.
Tourism has been developed, and in lease than five years the number of hotel Seda has nearly doubled, ink an expansion programme costing nearly three million dinars (2.6 million pounds sterling) which has created another 600 direct jobs. All these points were made by the President when he opened the new phosphate factory, which belongs to the Industries Chimiques do Maghrab. He said modern Tunisia was fighting a battle against poverty,l misery and stagnation. It was now a united country and he was trying to create a "national conscience".
SYNOPSIS: The port of Gabes in Tunisia has been developed swiftly while work progresses on building the huge industrial complex it will serve.
President Bourguiba who visited the site at the planning stage five years ago, has returned to open a new phosphates factory.
It is the latest in a series of projects which will be finished in about four years. The total cost will be nearly eighty million pounds.
The President said the development at Gabes symbolised the intention of the government to transform the south by modernising it and creating industries. He said Tunisia was fighting the supreme battle against poverty, misery and stagnation. It was significant that the next day he would be in a different part of the country - he was mobilising resources and manpower throughout Tunisia. The Gabes scheme already includes a gas pipeline terminal, a power station, chemical works. Within the next four years there will be added a petrol refinery, cement works, and factories producing chemical fertilizers and florescent gas.