ITES notes on National Dialogue on Agriculture to be held on January 22, 2019 in Beja governorate

The Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies will hold a National Dialogue on Agriculture on January 22, 2019 in Beja governorate, with the presence of all the actors and experts in the field of agriculture. In this connection, the agricultural sector achieved a growth rate of 8.4% in 2018 compared to 2.5% in 2017. It also contributed by 0.8 points in the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a growth which reached 2.5%, and ranked second in terms of contributions. Agriculture in Tunisia has the lowest investment credits (1550 million dinars)…

Dougga, Treasure of Tunisia lying over the hills

Dougga is a highly proud city that witnesses the history of an ancient human civilization of over 25 centuries, and considered a cultural treasure of Tunisia, and one of the best-preserved regions of North Africa. Dougga is located in the northwest of Tunisia in a mountainous region surrounded by valleys and plateaus. The story began with Dougga with the Roman invasion and historians say that its history began even before the Roman invasion. Dougga has been a place of important human settlement, with cemeteries and a rock altar for boats…

Saudi Arabia grants Tunisia $ 500-million loan

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted Tunisia a loan worth 500 million dollars, the equivalent of 1,500 million dinars on favourable terms, to finance the state budget, the Finance Ministry announced in a statement Wednesday. The Department said the credit agreement was signed by finance minister Ridha Chalgoum and his Saudi counterpart Mohammed al-Jadaan at a meeting held in Riyadh on the sidelines of the visit by the Tunisian minister to Saudi Arabia (January 12 to 14, 2019). The two sides discussed ways of further strengthening bilateral co-operation relations…

Tunisia among Top 10 African countries in UNCTAD B2C E-Commerce Index 2018

Tunisia was ranked as the 4th country in Africa and 79th worldwide in the latest United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD B2C E-Commerce Index 2018. According to this report, Mauritius (55th globally) tops the African countries , followed by Nigeria (75th), South Africa (78th), Tunisia (79th), Morocco (81st), Ghana (85th), Kenya (89th), Uganda (99th), Botswana (100th) and Cameroon (101st). Tunisia’s performance is due to its internet penetration rate, estimated at 66% with 7.65 million users (May 2018). Its ranking is also explained by the growing number of…

8th anniversary of revolution and youth: PM receives youth civil society

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed received, on Monday afternoon in Kasbah government palace, representatives of civil society organisations, on the occasion of the celebration of the 8th anniversary of the revolution and youth. The meeting provided the occasion to review the key points of the sectoral strategic vision for youth for the years 2019-2020. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of this gathering with members of youth civil society on the occasion of the celebration of the revolution and youth, a revolution “which was at the origin of the freedoms acquired…

Tabboubi calls on government to assess its policies

Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Tabboubi called Monday on the government to thoroughly consider the country’s debt, public finances, the subsidy system in the energy sector, the feedstock as well as the support provided to employment and continuing training sector and supply of small credits. Tabboubi also called on the celebration of the 8th anniversary of the Revolution, for accelerating the assessment of the employment policies, trade agreements, the customs regime and that of support for families in need to devise a national policy based on…

Freedom but not dignity after 8 years of revolution, Tunisia is still holding firm

The revolution staged eight years ago to oust dictatorship has managed to restore freedom but not dignity. While Tunisia has been praised as a model of democratic transition, wealth and control of the economy remain concentrated in the hands of a small elite despite economic growth. The revolution’s slogan was “work, dignity and freedom” but the first two were not achieved, unfortunately. We believe that many Tunisians have fallen into disproportionate freedom and that priority must first be given to socio-economic reforms and security, for a better quality of life,…

“Tunisia, Cities of Civilisations”:Guided tour to promote archaeological sites

(TAP) – The Agency for the Promotion of Heritage and Cultural Promotion (French: Amvppc) organised on Saturday a guided tour to promote the archaeological sites of the cities of Sousse and Monastir, TAP reported on Saturday. The visit is part of the national programme “Tunisia, Cities of Civilisations” initiated by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT). In a statement to TAP, Amvppc Director General Kamel El Bchini said that 60 journalists from various Tunisian, Egyptian and Palestinian media took part in the visit.…

Archaeological remains discovered in Tunisia

 An archaeological site of Roman period was detected by workers of a Chinese company who were preparing the inauguration of a sport and cultural complex project in Ben Arous, southern suburbs of Tunis, Xinhua reports. Tunisian Minister of Youth and Sports Sonia Ben Cheikh told Xinhua that “the inauguration was scheduled this Friday, but the workers discovered the archaeological remains.” The complex project, which will be built with China’s assistance, includes a swimming pool, a block of administration and auditorium, the accommodation of 100 beds, sports rooms, recreation areas and…

Tunisia among top 50 fascinating tourist destinations to visit in 2019, according to NewYork Times travel guide

From the medina to Sidi Bou Saïd via Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Carthage or La Marsa, Tunis is one of the places to visit in 2019 before New York, Hong Kong or Tahiti. The prestigious American newspaper New York Times published on Wednesday a list of 52 places to visit around the world in 2019, and the city of Tunis is one of them. Ranked 27th place to visit, Tunis, “the spark of the Arab spring still lit”, is presented as “the only Arab capital to have real freedom of expression,…