Microfinance – ‘it has symbolic value’

Essma Ben Hamida, co-founder of Tunisian microcredit institution Enda, was present when Ivanka Trump helped launch a loan program for women at the recent G20 summit in Hamburg. DW spoke to her in Tunis. DW: You were recently in Hamburg to attend the G20 summit where you participated in a panel (main picture fourth person from left between Ivanka Trump and World Bank head Jim Yong Kim) over the so-called Ivanka Fund, which is expected to be endowed with $325 million to promote women entrepreneurs in developing countries. How do…

Interview: China plays important role in promoting stability, development of Africa: Tunisian FM

China has played an important role in promoting the stability and economic development of African countries, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said Thursday. In an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency, Jhinaoui said China has developed cooperation with African countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefits. Jhinaoui, who is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, said China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has always been committed to promoting African stability and settling regional hotspot issues…

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…