Changing government will hurt economy, says PM

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday a change of government would put the economy at risk and shake the confidence of international lenders. Earlier, President Beji Caid Essebsi  urged Chahed to step down if the country’s political and economic problems persisted. Nine cabinets have failed to resolve high inflation and unemployment since the Revolution. “A change of government will shake the confidence of Tunisia’s international partners,  the economy will improve by the end of this year,” he told TAP in an interview on Tuesday. In the interview, Chahed said the government…

Over 1,500 doctors to leave public health sector in 2018/2019, says Tabboubi

Over 1,500 doctors of the public health sector will leave the country  2018/2019 and will reach 2,700 in 2022, Secretary-General of Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Noureddine Tabboubi said on Tuesday at the works of the public health doctors, dentists and pharmacists union’s conference held in Hammamet. Tabboubi recalled that some 55% of the students refuse to return to Tunisia, thus raising the alarm and warning against the threat that shakes the public health system, including notably the crumbling infrastructure, lack of equipment and tools in addition to the difficult working…

Migrants stranded without aid as Tunisia refuses to let ship dock

A Tunisian boat carrying around 40 African migrants has been stranded off the country’s coast without aid for more than a week after authorities refused to let them disembark there, the Red Crescent said on Monday. Monji Slim, an official of the Tunisian Red Crescent, said the authorities had argued that Malta or Italy should accept the migrants. The Tunisian interior ministry declined to comment.  Slim told Reuters the boat was stuck 12 miles off the coast. “The African migrants at sea are in a bad condition after the vessel’s…

Tunisian official hails China’s assistance in hospital construction in east Tunisia

The hospital built with China’s assistance in Sfax in east Tunisia shows a successful cooperation between Tunisia and China in the field of health, Tunisian Regional Director of Health in Sfax Ali Ayadi said on Sunday. A delegation of Chinese doctors on a voluntary medical assistance mission went to the construction site of this hospital Sunday, to cure Tunisian and Chinese workers. The Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Tunisia Zhang Fengling said that “we hope to see the bilateral cooperation between China and Tunisia in the…

Tunisia joins West Africa trade bloc, eyes export market

Tunisia eyes African markets to ship goods and services worth $4 billion by the end of 2020. Tunisia has joined the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui signing membership documents as part of the North African country’s efforts to extend its economic ties in Africa. Tunisia eyes African markets to ship goods and services worth $4 billion by the end of 2020, a bold goal for a country whose total exports stood at $14 billion in 2017. Malagasy Trade Minister Yvette Sylla,  whose country…

Respect for Territorial Integrity a Sine Qua Non for Maghreb Integration

Respect for the territorial integrity of member states is a sine qua non for achieving the long-sought integration of the Maghreb Union (AMU), Morocco’s Lower House Speaker Habib El Malki told AMU’s Secretary General Taieb Baccouche. During a meeting in Rabat, the two officials highlighted the wasted potential of the Maghreb as it continues to be one of the least integrated regions in the globe. They both underscored the pressing need for an integrated Maghreb region in a global context marked by economic clusters. The two parties also discussed the…

Tunisia approves illegal enrichment law to fight corruption

The Tunisian parliament on Tuesday approved a law to combat illicit enrichment, a step designed to strengthen the government’s fight against widespread corruption in the country. Since the 2011 uprising, Tunisia has been held up by Western partners as a model of democracy for the region. Economic progress has lagged, however, and corruption remains a major problem in the North African state. The law will force the president, ministers, senior officials in the public sector, independent bodies, banks, judges, security forces, journalists and unions to declare their property. “The law…

Algeria and Tunisia agree to fight cross-border terrorism

Government officials from Algeria and Tunisia met in Tunis on Wednesday to discuss ways to secure their common border. The move followed an attack on a patrol of the Tunisian National Guard in the border province of Jendouba, in which six soldiers were killed. According to the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, senior officials of the Algerian security forces met with their Tunisian counterparts during an unannounced visit. The newspaper pointed out that they reviewed the proliferation of armed groups and exchanged all available intelligence, including the identity of active terrorists in border…

Belgium signs migration agreement with Tunisia

The Belgian and Tunisian secretaries of state for Migration, respectively Theo Francken and Adel Jarboui, signed on Tuesday an agreement. It aims to facilitate the return of undocumented Tunisians living in Belgium back to Tunisia. Mr Francken (New Flemish Alliance) says that this agreement strengthens Belgium’s collaboration with Tunisia for the return of such undocumented individuals and those who have been found guilty by the courts, to Tunisia. Last year 638 undocumented Tunisians living in Belgium were arrested for questioning by Belgian police, the majority for public order offences. There are…

Some 3,073 illegal Tunisian migrants arrived in Italy since early 2018 (IOM Mission Chief in Tunis)

Some 3073 irregular Tunisian migrants have arrived by sea in Italy, since the beginning of this year, and until mid-July 2018, revealed Monday Lorena Lando, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Mission Chief in Tunis. Tunisia ranked first in 2018 in terms of irregular migrant arrivals in Italy, during this period, she said, during her participation in a hearing session held by the Tunisian Affairs Committee on the subject of foreigners within the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR). The number of Tunisian migrants arriving in Italy from 1 January to…