While seeking the support of the region's inhabitants, Chahed promised, once approved, to diversify Gafsa
's economy, facilitate access to drinking water and irrigation, upgrade agricultural land, create an adequate investment climate and encourage young entrepreneurs.
The start of the pistachio harvest is expected from August, he said, recalling that the most productive delegations of pistachios are Gafsa
North, South Gafsa
, Om Laarayes, Sidi Aich and Sened.
Hundreds flocked to what quickly became known as the Lac de Gafsa
beach to splash, paddle, dive, and fling themselves from rocks into the lake, ignoring warnings that the water could be contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, riddled with disease or possibly radioactive.
Such announcements frequently lead to clashes between unlucky candidates and the police, prompting the authorities in January not to publish the list of people recruited by a company in Gafsa
"We continue to be forgotten and marginalised because of the policies of the government," said Mohammed Miraoui, head of the local labour union branch in Gafsa
. "From one day to another, the economic and social situation is deteriorating with not a single project from the 2012 budget even implemented."
Des postes de police et des batiments de la Compagnie des Phosphates de Gafsa
(CPG) ont ete saccages et incendies apres la publication dans ces deux villes des resultats d'un concours de recrutement a la CPG, principal pourvoyeur d'emplois dans la region.
More than 1,000, mostly students, then fought each other with sticks, knives and stones outside a high school in the town of Sened, east of Gafsa
, according to the Interior Ministry.
This group is one of eight observer groups present in Gafsa
, Tozeur, Kebili and Kasserine.
"The cultivation of pistachios is widespread, especially in Gafsa
, Sned and Sidi Aich", he told TAP news agency, adding that the harvest is expected to decline this year due to the cold wave that has hit the area during the winter.
In January 2008, Gafsa
was the epicenter of a popular uprising against the regime of Ben Ali.
The objective is to realize these projects, ensure their monitoring at the different stages of their implementation as well as to accelerate the pace of development of projects and jobs opportunity in the governorate of Gafsa