Doctors’ brain drain saps $2b from Africa – report

A new report on good governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has revealed that Africa loses about $2 billion a year due to doctors and health practitioners leaving the continent.Only three countries in Africa, namely Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia, have at least one doctor per thousand people, says the document entitled ‘Ibrahim Forum Report 2018: The Public Service in Africa’ seen by APA on Sunday. The report presented on Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali on the sidelines of the ‘Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend’, indicates that in sub-Saharan Africa…

EU Mission to Observe Tunisia’s First Municipal Elections since 2011 Uprising

The European Union has sent a delegation of electoral observers to Tunisia’s upcoming municipal elections, the first of their kind in over seven years following the mass popular uprising that ousted the North African country’s authoritarian president. The unique nature of these elections has brought them under the watchful eye of Fabio Massimo Castaldo, head of the EU election observation mission (EUEOM) in Tunisia, who sat down with EFE for an exclusive interview Sunday, a week before voting is to get underway in the historic ballot. “It’s a unique mission…

Ansaldo Energia lands Tunisia gas-fired power project

Ansaldo Energia has signed an EPC contract with Société Tunisienne de l’Élecriticité et du Gaz (STEG) to build a gas-fired power plant in Tunisia. The plant, with an installed power of 625 MW, is located in Mornaguia, south west of Tunis, and a long-term service agreement contract covering maintenance and assistance work has been allocated to the Italian business. The plant will be equipped with two AE94.3A model gas turbines, plus the relative generators and auxiliary systems, built in Ansaldo Energia’s Genoa production facilities. Work will take 22 months from receipt of the Notice to Proceed.…

Feature: Sahara desert in Tunisia becomes attractive destination for Chinese tourists

The vast Sahara desert area in Tunisia, which is regarded as one of the North African country’s most important tourism resources, has gradually attracted more and more Chinese tourists. “DESERT-STYLE” TENTS CAMP After nearly four hours’ bumpy drive from the small town of Douz in southern Tunisia, a row of white tents appeared among the golden sand. To Nouael Kamel, a 52-year-old local guide, the famous tents camp is one of the must-have ways of experiencing the Sahara tour. “This year, the tourism business is better than last year,” Nouael…

Servicemen and security officers take part in municipal race for first time

Some 36 thousand soldiers and security officers are be able to choose their representatives in municipal councils. This is a first in Tunisi a’s history, established under the amendment of the electoral code of 2014. The electoral authority reserved 359 voting centres in 350 constituencies throughout the country. Organic Law No. 2017-7 of February 14, 2017, amending and supplementing the Organic Law No. 2014-16 of May 26, 2014 on elections and referendums sets a series of measures that differentiate the military and security officers of the rest of the electoral…

Libya, US sign security cooperation agreement

The Libyan deputy foreign minister of Presidential Council government Lutfi Al-Maghrabi signed with the US Charge d’Affaires to Libya, Stephanie Williams, a security cooperation agreement in Tunisia. Media office of the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday that the signing included a memorandum of intent for airport security and a letter of agreement to support Libyan policing, corrections and justice sector development. “The signing opens the door for training Libyan cadres in the aforementioned fields with the funding and assistance of the US.” The foreign ministry’s statement reads.…

Tunisia attracts 44% of Thomas Cook’s bookings

“Tunisia is selling well and is attracting the family market which accounts for 44% of bookings to date,” says British tour operator Thomas Cook, adding that to meet customer demand Thomas Cook Airlines has decided to increase the number of weekly flights to Tunisia from 3 to 11 flights for this summer. According to Thomas Cook 2018 report, online searches for Tunisia destination increased 8-fold, up by 790%, as of February 13, 2018, the day Thomas Cook’s flights to Tunisia resumed. “The summer of 2018 sees the return to North…

First Municipal Election Since 2011 A Boost For Tunisian Democracy

The North African nation holds its first municipal elections since the Arab Spring of 2011. Some 57,000 people have signed up to run, and the election rules were crafted for inclusivity. The municipal elections law stipulates the presence of at least one candidate with a physical disability among the first 10 candidates on each list, and the lists must be divided equally between men and women. The candidate lists submitted to the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) revealed that over 1,800 individuals with special needs submitted their candidacy and…

Algeria frets over rise in migrants as Europe tightens controls

Algeria warned that it could face housing ‘hundreds of thousands’ of migrants if Europe closed its doors. Algeria expects to have to accommodate more illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa after the European Union made it more difficult to reach Europe by boat, a senior official in the country’s interior ministry said on Thursday. A 2016 EU agreement with Turkey all but closed the sea route to the Greek islands that almost a million people took in 2015. Departures have also fallen from the latest main departure point, Libya, because of  EU…

French-Tunisian baker on the secrets behind Paris’ best baguettes

A French-Tunisian baker, who has won the right to supply the French presidential palace with baguettes for a year, says kneading is the secret behind his prize-winning loaves. “A lot of people go too quickly with the kneading,” Mahmoud M’seddi told the BBC. He is the latest winner of the annual best baguette in Paris competition. Mr M’seddi makes his first visit to the Elysée Palace on Friday and will now start hand-delivering his baguettes. He is the fourth North African in the last six years to win the award.…