Training workshop on the protection of whistleblowers in Tunisia

The Council of Europe is holding a training on the protection of whistleblowers for Tunisian anti-corruption authorities. The purpose of the activity is to build the capacities of Tunisian authorities in the implementation of new legislation on the protection of whistleblowers, by sharing good practices and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on this issue, the Council of Europe Website reports. The training is carried out in the framework of the Anti-Corruption Project in Tunisia (TAC) implemented under the aegis of the Joint programme of the European…

Water month: awareness campaign on water consumption rationalization for children

On the celebration of World Water Day, which coincides each year on March 22, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries organizes, in coordination with the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), a series of events from March 14 to 24 in the governorates of Sidi Bouzid and Kairouan so as to involve the stakeholders in water saving process and the urgent need to preserve it. The water month celebration includes awareness campaigns meant for the different fringes of society, especially children. These campaigns include telling stories and myths on…

EBRD lends €13 million to ATL to support SME lending

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in a statement Friday it has provided a €13-million loan to Arab Tunisian Lease to support SME lending.. The local currency financing will support lending to local SMEs. The EBRD said “in a country where access to funding and liquidity remain constraints on the growth of many private businesses, the EBRD loan will allow ATL Leasing to provide long-term funding to small companies. ATL Leasing will extend leases for the acquisition of equipment, light commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and real estate.”…

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM): Indicator of good governance in water sector

Tunisia has adopted sustainable water resources management, safe water supply and sanitation.  This necessarily coordinated management should encompass all dimensions: social, economic, environmental, legal and cultural, taking into account the entire surface, underground and non-conventional hydrological system and also the needs of the various sectors (drinking water, agriculture, tourism, industry). This is commonly referred to as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The aim is to maximize equitably the resulting economic and social well-being, without compromising that of future generations and the sustainability of vital ecosystems. IWRM is not a technical…

Tunisia bans Boeing 737 aircraft from flying over its airspace

The Ministry of Transport banned Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 flights from flying over Tunisian airspace and landing at its airports, a ministry statement said Thursday. As a precautionary measure, the decision was taken following the crash of a Boeing 737 plane in Ethiopia on Sunday, which killed all 157 aboard, the statement noted.  The ministry also confirmed that the Tunisian airlines do not operate this type of aircraft.  It is the second crash of a Boeing 737 plane in five months, as an Indonesian Lion Air jet of…

Seven new innovative startups selected by Flat6labs Tunis to support them in launching their projects

Seven innovative start-ups were selected by the startup program “Flat6labs Tunis”, during the 3rd edition of its “Demo Day” held on March 13, 2019, at the Acropolium of Carthage, to benefit from the support of the programme in launching their projects, TAP reports. Flat6labs Tunis will also promote these startups to Tunisian and foreign investors and bank representatives. The winning startups operate in various sectors of activity including AgriTech, gaming, e-commerce, Digital Media, software development, recruitment and robotics. These are Boostiny (advertising platform), E-Robot (IT automation startup), Fabskill (Cloud solution…

Over 11,000 tonnes of citrus fruit exported in Tunisia

Tunisia exported 11, 573 tonnes of citrus fruit were exported in Tunisia over the period from last October to March 12, 2019  in comparison with 10, 206 tonnes in the last season, Rim Dridi Deputy Director of Applied Research at the National Inter-branch Group for Fruits Wednesday said. Export revenues reached 21,115 million Tunisian dinars against 20, 171 MTD during the same period in the previous season. Maltese orange make the bulk of citrus fruit exports (over 90%) and are essentially directed towards the French market. In this connection, Dridi…

Tunisian fouta records noticeable breakthrough in exports in Monastir

The value of handicrafts exports in the region of Monastir exceeded 8 million dinars (MD) in 2018, including 4MD exclusively generated by the Tunisian Fouta that has recorded a noticeable breakthrough, TAP reports. This authentic product already recorded 2.5MD of exports in 2017. The handicrafts exports in the region edged up 20% in 2018 compared with 2017. A rise was mainly driven by the Fouta and pottery. These exports are expected to increase in 2019 with the launch of three or four new exporting companies in Monastir. Efforts are exerted…

ABO Wind wins license for 10-MW solar park in Tunisia

Germany’s ABO Wind AG said on Tuesday it has obtained a permit for a project calling for the construction of a 10-MW solar park in Tunisia, Renewablesnow website reports. The particular photovoltaic (PV) plant will be installed in the governorate of Gabes, with its construction planned to take place next year. The project was secured in a tender for projects in the renewables sector and will operate under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with state-owned Societe tunisienne de l’electricite et du gaz (STEG). The fixed-price contract is yet to…

Smart tractor with BeiDou navigation system successfully tested in Tunisia

A self-driving tractor with application of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was tested successfully Sunday in northwestern Tunisia, china.org reports. The representatives of China-Arab BDS/GNSS center and the Arab Information and Communication Technologies Organization (AICTO), as well as the academic staff of an engineering school in Mjez El-Beb region in northwestern Tunisia, attended the test ceremony. This smart tractor, used in various agricultural activities, was equipped with a BDS, so that it can be controlled remotely without a driver. the same source said BDS is compatible with other navigation systems,…