Italian pasta, Tunisian kebab: More school canteens offering wider variety of food

Italian oven-baked creamy mushroom pasta, wakame udon soup, Tunisian lamb kebab, claypot chicken rice and Thai laksa are some of the dishes students are tucking into in schools these days. Some even end their meals with a dessert, such as a delightful serving of panna cotta, an Italian dish made with double cream. More novel food concepts are being tried out in school canteens over the past few years, amid demand for a wider variety of cuisine. Lianhua Primary School, Raffles Institution and Meridian Junior College (MJC) are among schools…

Strong Tunisian wheat crop ‘to curb import needs’, says ag minister

Tunisian wheat production will recover even further than expected this year, the country’s farm minister said, reducing the potential for exports, which US officials have forecast hitting a 10-year high. The farm ministry for the North African country, a notable wheat importer, said that its grains harvest would hit 1.78m tonnes this year, a jump of 500,000 tonnes year on year. This total includes 1.22m tonnes of wheat – all but 120,000 tonnes representing durum rather than soft wheat – as well as 500,000 tonnes of barley. “The grain’s harvest…

Air Malta To Relaunch Tunisia Service

Air Malta is reconnecting Malta to North Africa following the restart of scheduled services between the islands and Tunis Carthage Airport as of June 26. The new schedule will be operated three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Set to increase connectivity between Tunisia and Europe, with a short transit time though Malta International Airport, the carrier will also provide full cargo services on the route, thus facilitating the movements of goods. “Now that the situation in Tunisia has stabilised, we want to be amongst the first airlines to…

Does democratization need cash? Tunisian Nobel laureate answers

“The more well-to-do a nation, the greater the chances it will sustain democracy”. American political sociologist and leading theorist of democracy Seymour Martin Lipset expressed with these few words the strong correlation between economic development and democratization. Under this lens, we better understand Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ouided Bouchamaoui’s support for the call to the international community to help Tunisia in its democratic path with the creation of a 20-billion-euro development plan. “We don’t want just support, we want cooperation to avoid falling into chaos” said Nobel Laureate Bouchamaoui, who…

Tunisair announces new flights to Italy from 12/6

More Tunisair flights will connect Tunisia with Italy starting in the summer. In addition to the 37 flights connecting Italy with Tunis (from Rome, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Naples and Palermo), there will from June 12 also be two weekly flights from Milan’s Malpensa airport, one to Djerba and one to Monastir. The flights have been introduced in the hope of contributing significantly to a recovery of Italian tourism towards Tunisia, which is expected by those working in the sector and which ahs been aided by better security and less turbulence…

Tunisia: date exports generate high revenues

Revenues from date exports have increased by 31.5% from the beginning of the season (October 1, 2016) to May 8, compared to the same period of the previous season, rising to 453.6 MD (87 thousand tons) against 345 MD (80.6 thousand tons). The quantities of organic dates exported during the same period amounted to 5,353 thousand tons, worth 35,498 MD, representing a 17.8% increase in revenue compared to the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries. Morocco is the second most important destination for exports…

Tunisian Big Data Startup Datavora Raises Funding To Support E-Commerce Ventures

For e-commerce startups in MENA and all over the world, it is a conflicting time to do business- while the industry is thriving on the whole, the pressures of competition are perhaps at the highest levels and are indicative of a winner-takes-all scenario. Add to that the poor levels of customer loyalty in online shopping, and you have a difficult problem in your hand as an e-retailer. It is in such tough times that entrepreneur Hedi Zaher felt that it would serve e-commerce players well to do something about the…

Tunisia starts preparatory work for debut sukuk issuance

The government of Tunisia is preparing its first ever issuance of a sukuk with the Tunisian stock exchange, Bourse de Tunis, and Nasdaq Dubai, according to a statement issued by Nasdaq Dubai on Wednesday. Preparation work will consider commercial, legal and regulatory issues, including sharia-compliance aspects, ahead of potential sukuk issues aimed at both domestic and international investors. Tunisia needs about $2.85 billion in external funding in 2017 and plans to issue a sukuk, or Islamic bond, of $500 million to cover its budget deficit, the then finance minister Lamia…

Train to link Algeria, Tunisia

The Algerian National Transportation Company (SNTF) and the Tunisian National Railways (SNCFT) will start operating six trips by train a week, a source in Algeria said. The first trip will depart from Algeria on Sunday while the first trip from Tunisia will depart the following day. Algeria’s An-Nahar newspaper reported that the following trip from Algeria will depart on Tuesday heading to Tunisia, while the return trip will depart on the following day. Tickets for the service will be valid for three months and can be purchased on the internet…

Tunisian job protests hit oil and gas output

Protests over jobs and development in southern and central Tunisia have halted production at or shut the fields of two foreign energy companies in a new challenge to the country’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. For Tunisia, a small oil and gas producer compared to its OPEC neighbors Libya and Algeria with national production is around 44,000 barrels per day, the protests come at a sensitive time as Chahed’s government tries to enact austerity reforms. Tunisia’s Energy Minister Hela Chikhrouhou told reporters sit-ins halted production at energy company Perenco’s Baguel and…