Chinese Government provides a RMB 330 million grant for the Sfax Hospital Construction Project (Linked to Project ID#66243)
Constant 2017 USD
Funding agency [Type]
China Ministry of Commerce [Government Agency]
Health (Code: 120)
In 2012, the Chinese Government and Government of Tunisia began negotiations on a possible $30 million USD grant for the construction of a university hospital center in the city of Sfax (see 'China to Sign Three New Development Projects With Nation Tomorrow'). In June 2013, the Chinese Government publicly announced its intention to construct the hospital (see 'Tunisia: China to build $ 30 million UHC in Sfax'). Then, on November 17, 2014 and November 18, 2014, the Chinese Government and Government of Tunisia signed an exchange of letters, which officially committed grant funding for the Sfax Hospital Construction Project. The Chinese Government provided RMB 330 million of grant funding for the project. On March 13, 2017, the Tunisian Government ratified the exchange of letters via Decree n° 2017-360. Tunisia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was responsible for the execution of this degree (see pg.1015 of 'Jort N° 022/2017 - Version Française'; see grant amount at 'Le nouveau CHU de Sfax est fin prêt').The purpose of the project was to build a 246-bed general hospital — with a total construction area of about 26,000 square meters — in the city of Thyna (طينة) outside of Sfax. The hospital included outpatient and emergency facilities, a logistic supports building, an administrative office building, an inpatient department, and a facilities management building (see '援突尼斯综合医院项目正式交接'). The 14-block hospital also included an 80-bed psychiatry unit, a morgue, guard rooms, and other facilities (see 'Un bel exemple de la coopération tuniso-chinoise : le CHU de Sfax bientôt opérationnel'). This was China's largest aid project in the Tunisian health sector (see '援突尼斯综合医院项目实施协议签署'). China State Construction Engineering Corporation was the contractor responsible for implementation (see '突尼斯总理考察我援突综合医院项目工地'). Its subsidiary, China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd., was also responsible for implementation (see '突尼斯总理Youssef Chahed视察中建援突综合医院项目'). Zhengzhou Zhongxing Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd. and SIPPR Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (SIPPR) provided project management and supervision services (see '“这是突中共建健康‘丝绸之路’的重要成果”').A project implementation agreement was signed on April 29, 2016 (see '援突尼斯综合医院项目实施协议签署'). Construction commenced on December 1, 2016 (see '突尼斯总理考察我援突综合医院项目工地'). It passed an inspection on November 30, 2019 and was completed on the same day (see 'China-Aid Project of Tunisia General Hospital'). After the completion of construction, work continued on the handover process. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic through the process into disarray. It was only in August 2020 that China State Construction Engineering Corporation managed to send 5 of its people to work on the handover process, which entailed consultations with Tunisia's Tunisian Ministry of Health on issues in the project. Ultimately, the project was externally accepted by Tunisia (see '援突尼斯综合医院项目正式交接').Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Zhang Jianguo and Tunisian Minister of Health Faouzi Mehdi signed the project handover certificate on December 9, 2020 (see 'China, Tunisia sign hospital handover certificates'). The hospital's inauguration ceremony, which was attended by President of Tunisia Kais Saied, was held on December 10, 2020 (see 'Tunisian president inaugurates new hospital built with Chinese aid'). The hospital opened its doors — under the name ‘Hôpital Militaire Slim Chaker Sfax’ — on January 4, 2021 and began receiving patients. (see 'Coronavirus-Sfax: L’hôpital Slim Chaker ouvre ses portes aujourd’hui'). After completion, the Tunisian Government placed the hospital under the supervision of Tunisia’s Ministry of Defense in order to transform the hospital into a national center for the treatment of patients infected with COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic (see 'Tunisian president inaugurates new hospital built with Chinese aid').On October 8, 2019, the Chinese Government and the Government of Tunisia signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study for the Sfax Hospital Expansion Project (captured by linked project ID#66243) (see '汪文斌大使同突尼斯代理卫生部长贝希赫签署援突斯法克斯综合医院扩建项目可行性研究换文').
The Chinese project title is 援突尼斯综合医院项目 or 援突尼斯综合医院. The French project title is Construction du centre hôpital universitaire (CHU) de Sfax or Projet de construction d’un Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire à Sfax or Hôpital Militaire Slim Chaker Sfax or le projet de l'hôpital de Sfax.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Government of Tunisia [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd. [State-owned Company]; China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) [State-owned Company]; SIPPR Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (SIPPR) [State-owned Company]; Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Government Agency]; Tunisian Ministry of Health [Government Agency]; Zhengzhou Zhongxing Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd. [State-owned Company]