IMF disburses $247 million loan tranche to Tunisia

Reuters reported that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved the payment of a $247 million loan tranche to Tunisia, the sixth under its loan program after the statement of Minister of Reforms Taoufik Rajhi. Tunisia struck a deal with the IMF in December 2016 for a loan program worth around $2.8 billion to overhaul its ailing economy. It included steps to cut chronic deficits and trim bloated public services. This will bring total disbursements to about $1.6 billion since 2016. The IMF approval will open the way for…

Tunisia to secure harvest through drones

Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries Samir Taieb said drones will be used to secure agricultural and grain crops so as to contain the wave of fire on agricultural lands the recent days. He said that he will hold talks with Interior Minister Hichem Fourati on the issue of the blazes damaging a number of hectares of agricultural lands. The National grain harvest will be secured by using drone technology, which is suggested to make the process facilitated. Taieb noted that: “for the first time, drones will be used…

4th edition of SITIC Africa 2019 technology fair in Tunis

The fourth edition of the SITIC Africa information technology and communications trade fair is due to be held on June 18-20 in Tunis. The fair’s key objective is to enhance knowledge of African IT and communications technology (ITC) in various economic sectors including agriculture, industry and services. It also targets Western businesses interested in partnerships in Tunisia and other countries in Africa. The trade fair includes B2B meetings, forums, and workshops, as well as a technological expo of Tunisian businesses to present their innovative applications and solutions as well as…

Digital rights experts, policymakers head to Tunisia for RightsCon 2019

Business leaders, policymakers, politicians, and human rights activists will converge in Tunisia for the 2019 edition of the RightsCon, a global event on human rights in the digital era, Business Insider reports. The 8th edition scheduled from June 11 to 14 will hold at the Laico Hotel and the Palais des Congrès, in Tunis, Tunisia capital city. The 2019 edition is the first in the Middle East & Africa region and will feature discussion around AI and Automation, Data Trust and Protection, Tech for the public good, Privacy and Surveillance…

TASDIR+ & TASTE TUNISIA FUNDS: Launch of transversal structuring operation for agro-food sector

The TASDIR+ & TASTE TUNISIA (T+T) FUNDS and TUNISIA BUILDING PARTNERS are launching a cross-sector structuring operation for the agro-food sector in order to position Tunisian companies on 5 sub-Saharan target markets, namely Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Nigeria, The Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) announces. The transversal action consists in pooling the efforts of the applicant companies and aims to significantly improve the penetration and sustainability of their activities in the 5 targeted markets, with, in the end, projects for commercial establishments in certain targeted…

Door Knock mission of AmCham Tunisia in Washington on June 12 and 13

The annual Door Knock mission organized by AmCham Tunisia in Washington DC is scheduled for June 12 and 13, 2019. The high-level delegation, composed of twelve Tunisian businessmen and women, is led by Mr. Naceur Hidoussi, President of AmCham Tunisia. Minister of Trade Omar El Behi will also participate in the second round of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting on June 14, 2019. AmCham Tunisia will represent the Tunisian private sector. Meetings are planned with senators, members of Congress, Think Tanks, other US government officials and the US Chamber…

“Degleya”, Tunisian technique for protecting Tunisian dates created by Enactus ESSECT students

Mouhamed Ghayadhi, founder of “Degleya” said that Tunisian dates protection has now become the key concern of Enactus ESSECT after a group of students visited the Tunisian south seeking a solution for the problem of the fall of dates’ production. Enactus ESSECT students worked on the creation “Degleya “also known as “namouseya” which is the most efficient way to protect the Tunisian dates from heavy rain or hot weather and even from insects such as pyrala worm and myelois, he added in an interview withTunisianMonitorOnline. Mouhamed Ghayadhi also indicated that…

TerniEnergia to open Tozeur power plant by late June 2019

The Tozeur photovoltaic solar power plant will soon be connected to the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) uilt by TerniEnergia, the works will be completed by the end of June 2019. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract between the Italian company and the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company also provides for the installation of a battery storage system, to help the facility to provide electricity at night. The 10 MW Tozeur solar power plant will avoid 8.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The project will be profitable for…

Tunisia’s Jasmin Airways readies to launch operations

Jasmin Airways, based at the Monastir Habib Bourguiba Airport, plans to commence operations on 10 June 2019, flying its first flight to Sarajevo. The carrier will operate the route with one leased E170, seating 76 passengers, Aviator reports. The carrier plans to extend the service until the winter 2019/20 season, depending on demand. It also aims to increase its fleet with the addition of two new aircraft each year, the same source underlined. The new airline is headed by Mehdi Gharbi as CEO, and Ali Ben Amara as President. The…