Tunisia joins convention to protect children against sexual violence

Tunisia became the 45th state to join the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No.201 – “Lanzarote Convention”), the Council of Europe website reports. Naziha Laâbidi, Minister of Women, Family and Children, has deposited the instrument of accession during a ceremony with the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the same source said. A “highly symbolic” event, said Council of Europe Deputy Secretary-General, stressing that Tunisia has become the first non-member state to accede to the Convention. “Now, our work to criminalise…

Seminar on High Authority of Local Finance role in achieving decentralization objectives

A seminar to be held on October 16-17, 2019 in Tunis on the role of High Authority of Local Finance in achieving the objectives of decentralization is part of the Decentralization and Local Governance Support Programme. The event is organized with the support of Expertise France and the French Development Agency (AFD). The objective of this Programme is to support the Tunisian Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, through its General Forum for the Forecasting and Support of the Decentralization Process, in the implementation of decentralization to which Tunisia has…

Presidential Runoff: Kais Saied’s landslide victory according to polls

According to exit polls, independent candidate Kais Saied won the presidential election against businessman and president of Qalb Tounes party, Nabil Karoui. According to “Sigma Conseil”, Kais Saied obtained 76.9% of the electors’ votes against 23.11% for Nabil Karoui. Result confirmed by “EMRHOD Consulting” which gave Kais Saied winner of the second round of the presidential election with 72.5% of the votes against Nabil Karoui who received 27.5% of the votes The official results will be announced by the Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE). TunisianMonitorOnline

Tunisians elect their president in runoff election

Voting for the second round of the early presidential election has begun on Sunday, October 13 in Tunisia. Casting ballots has already begun since Friday in the six constituencies abroad to choose between the two candidates Kais Saied and Nabil Karoui who took the lead in the first round held on 15 September. According to the results of the first round announced on September 17 by the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), independent candidate Kais Saied obtained 620,711 votes or 18.4% of the votes cast, while the president of…

Tunisians Vote for New Parliament

Tunisians voted on Sunday to elect 217 new members of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR). More than 15,000 candidates from different parties, party coalition or independent candidates competed for the 217 seats in the HPR. Up to 1,507 electoral lists are running in all 33 districts, including 27 are in the country and six are abroad. Of the 1,507 confirmed lists, 687 are party lists, 722 are independent and 163 are coalition. The winning party will have the final say in forming the new government and formulating the country’s…

Tunisian expatriates start voting in parliamentary elections

 Voting for the legislative polls has started normally and on time in the constituencies overseas (Asia, Europe and Africa), President of the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections (ISIE) Nabil Baffoun told media. The first polling stations that had opened their doors for voters are those of Sydney (Australia), Tokyo (Japan) and Seoul (South Korea), Baffoun specified at a press briefing on Friday at the Convention Centre in Tunis. The total number of polling centres abroad is 303, including 384 polling stations, he added. The number of registered voters in…

Tunisia, UK ink trade and political continuity agreement

A trade and political continuity agreement was signed, Friday in London, between Tunisia and the United Kingdom ahead of Brexit, GOV.UK reports. Signed by UK ambassador in Tunis Louise De Sousa and Tunisia’s ambassador in London Nabil Ben Khedher, this agreement will come into effect as soon as the association agreement between the EU and Tunisia would stop being implemented in the UK. The Agreement will ensure British businesses and consumers benefit from continued trade with Tunisia after the UK leaves the European Union. It provides among other trade benefits,…

Tunisia tops Arab and African countries in social progress

Tunisia was ranked 51st, among 149 states, in terms of social progress, according to the Social Progress Index (SPI) published by the “Social Progress Imperative.” Tunisia topped Arab countries, scoring 72.33 points out of 100, outrunning the United Arab Emirates (61), Jordan (63), Qatar (64), the Sultanate of Oman (66), Turkey (71), Algeria (79), Morocco (82), Saudi Arabia (90) and Egypt (96). Tunisia also led African countries, including South Africa (73). Norway came first in the SPI report with 90.95 points, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Finland and Sweden. The social…

“Education for Employment (EFE)–Al-Najah Tunisia” project launched

The “Education for Employment (EFE)–Al-Najah Tunisia,” between the Tunisian network of the Higher Institutes of Technological Studies (ISET) and the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) organisation, was officially launched at a ceremony held Friday in Tunis. The four-year project EFE–Al-Najah Tunisia programme (2019-2023) is funded by the Canadian government with 12 million Tunisian dinars and achieved by the CICan organisation in collaboration with the 25ISETs network. The objective of this project aims to contribute to the growth of youths’ economic empowerment in Tunisia, especially of women from rural areas. CICan…

Healthy Diet and Green Spaces in Municipality of Tunis project launches

Healthy Diet and Green Spaces in the Municipality of Tunis project launched as part of a workshop held on September 23-25 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in cooperation with the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (French: INNTA), TAP reports. This pilot project, to be carried out in collaboration with the municipality of Tunis, is financed by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the same source said. It is meant to improve food security in urban areas by means of fostering the role of the municipality…