Tunisian regulator boosts mobile internet safeguards

The Tunisian telecoms authority INT (Instance Nationale des Telecommunications) has published a new ruling concerning how mobile operators can commercialise their data tariffs in the consumer market. The new rules, which modify and complement previous measures published in 2014, aim to protect consumers by imposing greater transparency in the way pricing information is advertised and on the conditions of the offers. Among the main changes, the regulator is requesting that operators clearly state the data allowance included in their tariffs, ruling that the presence of a data cap must prevent…

Dates: Tunisia registers rise in exports, foreign currency earnings

The dates exported early this season (October 1, 2016 to April 13, 2017) have increased by 15% compared to the same period of the previous year.  Foreign currency earnings from these exports also grew 40%. The quantities of dates exported reached 75.1 thousand tonnes with a value of 396.7 million dinars (MD) against 65.6 thousand tonnes with a value of 286.5 MD during the same period of the past season. Besides, the quantities of organic dates exported amounted to 7.7 thousand tonnes. Dates have captured new non-traditional markets this season,…

Tunisian Ben Ismail Farm granted gold medal of London IOOC Awards in Olive Oil Quality competition 2017

The Ben Ismail Farm was awarded the gold medal of the London International Olive Oil Quality Competition (IOOC) in the Olive Oil Competition for the year 2017, held on April 14. The Farm is located in Toukabeur, Medjez El Bab, Governorate of Beja, a well-known region for its land fertility with a variety of farming mainly growing olive trees and all sorts of fruit trees. Maher Ben Ismail and Saleh Ben Ismail are two farmer brothers, who set for themselves a precious target for the conquest of the world market in…

Tunisia launches 93 green start-ups

The ministers of Local Affairs and Environment and Vocational Training and Employment, on Friday, signed co-operation agreements to launch the Green Start up project providing for the creation of 93 projects in the field of green economy and sustainable development, with an overall investment of 6.5 million dinars (MD). A call for candidates will therefore be launched for unemployed university graduates to steer these projects that will generate 472 jobs in different regions of the country. Green Start up which is part of the programme “a new generation of entrepreneurs”,…

Tobruk call for Tunisian boycott after Tunis customs seize containers

A top Tobruk businessman is demanding a boycott of Tunisian goods after describing Tunisian customs as pirates for seizing containers from two Libya-bound vessels. Ibrahim Al-Jarari, chairman of the Tobruk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, last month called for a ban on Tunisian ships entering Libya ports.  Now he is extending his demand to include Tunisian goods. The problem appears to have begun when this February customs officers at the port of Sfax found some 25 million packets of cigarettes in 15 containers aboard the Panamanian-flagged Med Prodigy. Tunisia’s customs chief…

Tunisia exports 50 thousand tons of olive oil to end of March

Tunisia has exported 50 thousand tons of olive oil, worth 500 million dinars (MD), from the beginning of the season (November) till the end of March. The objective is to export 70 thousand tons with a value of 700 MD, said National Oil Board CEO Chokri Bayoudh, adding that olive oil production during this season (2016/2017) is expected to reach 100 thousand tons. This quantity remains below the average recorded over the last decade, which reached 180 thousand tons, the official noted.  He explained the decline in production compared with…

“Tunisia will be 20th member state of COMESA before end of 2017” (Zied Lâadhari)

Tunisia will be the 20th Member State of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) before the end of 2017 (October 2017), “said Industry and Trade Minister Zied Lâadhari. In a statement to TAP, on the sidelines of a workshop held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the protocol on Tunisia’s accession to COMESA, Lâadhari emphasised the ” The importance of opening up the country to the international market in general and to the African market in particular. “COMESA is a market that…

French development chief: ‘SDGs apply to France in same way as Burkina Faso’

Development agencies have to change their dualist approach to Africa, as it does not correspond to the reality the continent is facing, the head of the French Development Agency told EURACTIV France. Rémy Rioux is chief executive of the French Development Agency (AFD). He previously worked for the foreign affairs ministry. Rioux spoke to EURACTIV.fr’s Cécile Barbière at the All Africa: The Issues of a Continent wide Approach event in Paris on 12 April. Your agency today organised an event aimed at changing the current perceptions of Africa. What is…

Jemna in Tunisia: an inspiring land struggle in North Africa

Jemna is a beacon of hope for a Tunisia and needs to be supported, celebrated and emulated for the sake of its people and for our sake. Over the past several years, the people of Jemna, a region in southern Tunisia famous for its excellent quality dates called Deglet Nour (the dates of light), have been engaged in an important and inspiring struggle around land rights. It took around a century for this oasis community to score a victory, albeit precarious for now, through occupying and working their long-confiscated land…

Tunisian envoy says ‘peace oil’ at G7

Attendees at the Group of Seven summit in Taormina at the end of May will receive from Tunisian authorities a ‘peace oil’ made from olives from Tunisia, Italy, Spain and Greece with the aim of representing solidarity and closeness among the countries of the Mediterranean. “It is normal that they may be points of disagreement between neighbouring countries, as on the issue of Tunisian olives” bought by Italian producers,” said Tunisian Ambassador to Rome Moez Sinaoui. “But it is also normal that when olive trees became diseased in Italy, Italian…