WFP enhances National School Feeding Programme in Tunisia

The World Food Programme (WFP) provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing the Government-run National School Feeding Programme (NSFP) that reaches 260,000 children (125,000 girls and 135,000 boys) in 2,500 primary schools, reads a report of the WFP. The budget for national school feeding doubled in 2019, reaching USD 16 million per year. USD 1.7 million were allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of a pilot central kitchen and development of a School Food Bank, the report said. Last June, the WFP’s five cooperating partners carried out…

Photovoltaic solar power plant projects in Tunisia arouse interest of international operators

International operators have expressed their interest in the achievement of 5 solar photovoltaic power plant projects in the governorates of Tozeur, Sidi Bouzid, Kairouan, Gafsa and Tataouine, said the Ministry of Industry and SMEs on Monday. These are concession projects for the production of 500 megawatts of electricity from renewable energies (solar photovoltaic PV), production planned by Tunisia as part of its solar plan and its strategy to promote green energy. The production rates proposed as part of the financial offers collected range from 71.8 to 84.1 millimes per kilowatt/hour,…

Saudi Arabia gives first batch of armoured vehicles to Tunisia

The Interior Ministry received Saturday the first batch of Saudi assistance consisting of armoured vehicles, says a department statement. The assistance aims to “step up the efforts of Tunisian security units in countering terrorism and crime,” the same source said. It is also part of the privileged co-operation relations binding Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in the security field, the statement reads. TunisianMonitorOnline

20 million children globally risk dying from measles, tetanus, diphtheria

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said, “While most children today are being vaccinated, far too many are left behind. Unacceptably, it is often those who are most at risk — the poorest, the most marginalised, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes — who are persistently missed.” He added that vaccines remain one of the most trusted and basic preventers of such outbreaks and that the world is not safe in their absence. Measles, which is one of the most contagious diseases with the potential…

Over 1,000 migrants from Tunisia in 6 months reach Spain, Italy

More than one thousand migrants from Tunisia arrived in Spain and Italy in the first half of this year, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) said in a report on irregular immigration. A total of 1,019 Tunisian migrants arrived in Italy and Spain in the first half of 2019, according to a report presented in Tunis by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) on irregular immigration. During the same period, 1,008 mostly sub-Saharan and Syrian migrants arrived in Tunisia, the report said.  FTDES Executive Director…

Tunisia called to focus on reducing deficits and inflation while protecting disadvantaged (IMF)

“Near-term policies should continue to focus on reducing fiscal and external deficits, lowering inflation further, and strengthening the social safety net for low-income households”, concluded mainly the International Monetary (IMF) staff team after the end of their mission in Tunisia on July 11-17, 2019. According to a statement issued by the Fund on Wednesday, at the end of this mission “Tight monetary and fiscal policies during the first half of 2019 have reduced inflation and laid the foundation for the second year of budget deficit reduction. However, “risks to the…

Tunisia launches tender for another 70 MW of solar energy

Through this procurement exercise, the Tunisian government hopes to build six solar plants with a capacity of 10 MW each and ten 1 MW small solar parks. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has kicked-off a third tender for the development and construction of several solar power plants not exceeding 10 MW in size, pv-magazine reports. Through this third procurement exercise, the Tunisian government is seeking to build six solar power plants with an installed power capacity of 10 MW each and ten 1 MW small solar parks. The deadline…

FTTH and Tunisia Jobs ink agreement to promote textile sector worldwide.

The Tunisian Federation of Textiles and Clothing (FTTH) and Tunisia Jobs signed Tuesday in Tunis a collaboration agreement. The recovery plan drawn up by the Federation has laid the foundations and opened up the horizons of the textile and clothing industry sector in the medium and long term. Especially since it was the subject of a Growth and Competitiveness Pact concluded between the federation and the government It is in this context that FTTH is seeking USAID’s support through Tunisia JOBS (Jobs, Opportunities and Business Success) to strengthen the Federation’s…

World Bank to invest $75m in project to support Tunisian startups, small businesses

he World Bank plans to invest $75-million to support Tunisian startups and small businesses, ventureburn reports in its website. In a statement last month, the World Bank said it will invest $75-million in its Tunisia Innovative Startups and SMEs Project. The initiative will be implemented by the Caisse de Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) and will be co-ordinated closely with the World Bank’s private-sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The project is designed to support the Tunisian government’s Startup Tunisia programme, the World Bank said. The World Bank’s Tunisia Innovative Startups and SMEs Project will invest…

WB provides $2.128m grant deal to Tunisia

Tunisia secured a $2.128 million grant deal with the World Bank, as it seeks to achieve decentralization. The agreement was signed by Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation Zied Laadhari and World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb and Malta, Françoise Marie Nelly. Under the agreement, Tunisia will fund development initiatives that seek to reinforce the proximity between the state structures and the citizens, along with enhancing services quality. Minister Zied Ladhari, said that “this grant is intended to support the process of decentralization of power in Tunisia, ”…