Can Trump and Moon Quell North Korea’s Saber Rattling?

Over the last few months, we have heard the Trump administration voice the same worn out foreign policy that we have heard from previous administrations. There are the usual carrots: we remain open to negotiations as long as North Korea makes concessions; or sticks: “if China doesn’t solve the problem, we will”, and “the sword stands ready.” Where is a potentially new and more proactive solution? Could the upcoming summit meeting between President Trump and South Korean president Moon produce an opportunity for the two leaders to coordinate and eventually…

Daley Thompson: ‘My best travel tip? Be nice to the person who serves you coffee on a plane’

How often do you travel? Once a month for work. I was in Spain and Switzerland recently. What do you need for a perfect holiday? Only two things: friends and family. They’d tell you I’m boring because I like to stick to my exercise routines. Your earliest memory of travelling abroad? I was 15 and it was a family holiday to Tunisia. I remember being excited about going on a plane for the first time. Tunisia was dirty and friendly – just like where I lived in Notting Hill Gate,…

Hafez Ghanem, Vice-President for MENA, World Bank, on factors to promote faster and stronger economic growth

How can Tunisia create a more inclusive growth model? GHANEM: Tunisia’s economic model has delivered positive outcomes and helped the country set up the building blocks of a healthy and productive economy. Yet, it has failed to include large segments of society, particularly youth, women and citizens from the interior regions. Achieving inclusive growth will require action on three fronts. First, education reform is very important to ensure that young people are prepared to seize economic opportunities and compete in a 21st-century marketplace. Tunisia, like other countries in the region,…

Interview: Tunisia boasts cultural assets to attract Chinese investment — minister

Tunisia’s cultural assets will be able to attract Chinese investors, Tunisian Culture Minister Mohamed Zine El-Abidine has said. “Tunisia has a very important continental role in the Maghreb and the Arab zones,” Zine El-Abidine, who will participate in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 14-15, told Xinhua in an interview Wednesday. The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa…

Madjed Berhoumi, “Any agreement must be concluded in perfect cohesion with all the stakeholders”

Madjed Berhoumi, political scientist, Director of Maghreb Research, Study and Documentation Centre said in an interview with Reporters that any agreement must be concluded in perfect cohesion with all the stakeholders. Interview :  Reporters: Two officials from Benghazi and Tripoli, Aguila Salah and Al Suweihili, have met recently for the first time in Rome. What importance is given to their meeting today? Madjed Behroumi: It is clear that this is an important meeting that brings together two major stakeholders in the Libyan political scene. It is a meeting between the…

Tunisia is a project site, says minister

FM Khemaies Jhinaoui told ANBA his country hopes to bring Brazilian investors and businesses into infrastructure ventures in his country. He is currently in Brazil with a delegation of executives to encourage deal-making and bilateral cooperation. Tunisia’s minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui said his country is hoping to draw Brazilian investors and businesses into projects in his country. “Tunisia today is a big project site,” he said in an exclusive interview to ANBA this Tuesday (25) while visiting the premises of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in São…

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…

Peace and diplomacy are options for Syria

NO global outrage rained down on the United States and President Donald Trump after the latter ordered a missile attack on Syria in retaliation for what witnesses claimed was a sarin gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the northwest province of Idlib, a rebel stronghold since it was captured by Islamist militants in March 2015. Israel, Japan and Turkey, as well as the United Kingdom and the European Union gave the US action a nod of approval as justifiable and understandable. The dissenting voices came from Russia…

FM: meeting on Libya scheduled for March 1 in Tunis (interview)

Tunisia will host, on Monday, March 1, a meeting of foreign ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to take stock of the outcome of contacts established by the three countries with the Libyan stakeholders ahead of a comprehensive political settlement of the Libyan crisis, Foreign Minister, Khemaies Jhinaoui announced on Wednesday. He added that the encounter will also prepare for the summit meeting of the three presidents before sitting the Libyan parties down at the dialogue table. In an interview with TAP, Jhinaoui said the president’s initiative on the Libyan…

Tunisia’s Challenging Transition: An Interview with Mehrezia Labidi

“No political party, no political actor is able to lead Tunisia alone in this very sensitive and fragile period.” What do you see as the biggest challenge to the Tunisian transition six years after the revolution? Six years after the “Liberty and Dignity Revolution” in Tunisia, the biggest challenge is how to improve the economy. How to meet the expectations of our population regarding development, jobs, healthcare, transportation, education, and so on. This includes how to deliver on the promises of democracy, because our newborn democracy came after the revolution.…