Tunisia - Railway infrastructure modernization project

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Jun 1999
Signature Date 11 Jun 1999
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2005
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2005
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21030
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 12,150,936.53
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project for modernization of railway infrastructure is one component of Transport Sector Programme (TSP) for the period 1997-2001, and it aims to upgrade the transport sector by improving transport service efficiency and quality. The project as designed, is part of the efforts towards modernization of SNCFT production capacity, in line with the exigencies of transport market competitivity. It aids the strengthening of the production facilities and thus i) improve the conditions for safe circulation of trains; ii) minimize degradation of equipment and installations as a result of the state of the track; iii) improve the quality of service through reduction of travel time on the Tunis-Ghardimaou, Tunis-Sousse and Tunis-Gabès lines and introduce a real- time passenger information system; iv) to save on operating costs; and improve passenger and employee safety on the lines concerned. By enabling SNCFT to be more competitive, the project will make it possible to decrease the State subsidy to USD 80 million yearly during the 9th plan, which is 20% less than would have been required in the absence of the railroad reforms. It will be implemented over a total period of 48 months.

Project Objectives

The project is intended to upgrade the transport sector by increasing its efficiency and quality of services. Specifically, its objective is to strengthen the transport capacity of SNCFT under the best conditions of cost-effectiveness and safety as well as to improve the quality of service of SNCFT, so as to adapt it to a more competitive environment on the domestic transport market.


The main beneficiary of the project is the Tunisian National Railway Company (SNCFT). The investments proposed performance contract will restore the transport capacity of SNCFT at an acceptable cost. By creating the conditions for efficient and reliable transport, the SNCFT restructuring is helping to promote export and competitiveness of Tunisian phosphate production.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Tunisia
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-DC0-005
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name SANGARE Modibo
Email m.sangare@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia