Governments must invest more in disaster risk reduction, says IFRC

Disasters will continue to hamper efforts to achieve sustainable development unless governments do more to anticipate and reduce their risk, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Tunis. This year, millions of people living in crisis have not been receiving the humanitarian assistance they desperately need—partly due to the lack of sufficient investment in disaster and crisis preparedness, as well as resilience-building. Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, IFRC Regional Director for Africa said that evidence has shown that adequate…

Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt to discuss Libyan crisis in Cairo

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said on Monday that a tripartite meeting with Egypt and Tunisia will be held in Cairo later this month to discuss the development in war-torn Libya, state radio channel I reported. The last tripartite meeting on Libya was held in Algiers in May 2018, when the three Arab countries agreed to continue supporting the implementation of the UN peace plan and the need to create adequate conditions to overcome the political stalemate in Libya. These meetings are part of the periodic consultation between the three…

Fuel spill feared as cargo ships collide off Corsica

Two cargo ships have collided off the island of Corsica, with authorities fearing a catastrophic oil spill in the idyllic Mediterranean region. CARGO ship rammed into another freight vessel near the French Mediterranean island of Corsica early Sunday, causing no injuries but causing a leak which officials say is most likely fuel. The Ulysse, operated by the Tunisian operator CTN, struck the Cyprus-based CLS Virginia while it was anchored about 30 kilometres off the northern tip of the island at around 7:30 am, the regional naval authority said. According to…

“Night of researchers” held in Tunisia in cooperation with EU

Tunisia celebrated scientific research, on September 28, 2018, through a major and original event, which was a result of a cooperation between Tunisia and the European Union. Two events were actually held in parallel at the same time: “Lila Jamila” in Tunisia and “EuResearchers’night” in Europe. The event is originally organised in more than 200 European cities under the name EU Researcher’s night. Tunisia obtained the Label to organise it after a rigorous evaluation of a project of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Thanks to the contributions…

Swiss-Tunisian migration accords bearing fruit, says minister

Migration accords signed between Tunisia and Switzerland in 2012 are bearing fruit, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui has told swissinfo.ch. “To stop the flood of illegal immigrants, our two countries set up a programme of cooperation focusing mainly on support for voluntary return [of asylum seekers] and on professional training for young Tunisians in their own country,” he said. “According to our statistics, more than 1,600 Tunisian asylum seekers have returned home thanks to this support.” Asked how many people had benefited from the training programme, Jhinaoui said “frankly not…

Delegation of Saudi Royal Air Force arrives in Tunis

A delegation of the Saudi Royal Air Force (RAF) arrived in Tunis on Monday to take part in the Saudi-Tunisian manoeuvres as part of the exchange of experiences between the two sides. The members of the delegation were seen in by the military attaché of Saudi Embassy to Tunisia, Brigadier General Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Sahyan who said that these exercises aim at sharing experiences with the Tunisian Air Force. The joint exercises, the first of their kind with Tunisian air forces, will last for two weeks and will lead to…

Salvini in Tunis: Economic aid in exchange for tougher border controls, but deadlock on repatriations

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has travelled to Tunis to meet with local authorities and talk about immigration. Salvini called the visit “fruitful,” although Rome did not obtain the increase in repatriations it had hoped for. Italian government officials were hoping to achieve an increase in the number of repatriated migrants – currently 80 per week – during a visit to Tunisia. Instead, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has so far only obtained Tunisia’s pledge to boost bilateral agreements with Italy. This includes a deal that Italy will provide economic…

Immigration: Italy and Tunisia pledge more cooperation

The Italian Interior Minister met his counterpart in Tunisia to discuss the issue of immigration and security. During the discussions, the Tunisian Interior Minister, stressed that “more than 500 people accused of human smuggling have been arrested this year”. The Tunisian President says “the friendship and close collaboration between Italy and Tunisia are a great resource”. And Matteo Salvini says the visit shows a deep friendship between the two countries. “We’ve agreed on a more effective fight against human trafficking. For departures; for the limit; and the number of deaths…

Saudi Embassy in Tunisia Celebrates KSAs’ 88th National Day

A ceremony was held last Saturday in the Saudi Embassy in Tunis to mark the celebration of the 88th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the presence of a number of senior Tunisian officials, ambassadors accredited to Tunisia, a number of political, economic, cultural and media figures and Saudis in Tunisia. On this occasion, Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia, Mohamed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali voiced his best wishes and congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud hailing the  successive and comprehensive developments in…

Tunisia to reinforce national strategy, fighting cybercrime

Tunisia is working hard to reinforce its cyber defense capabilities, through the establishment of a national strategy to combat cybercrime, said Kamel Akrout, a senior advisor for national security, on Monday. “No country in the world is safe from cyber threats and that’s why Tunisian authorities are developing competencies in this area,” said Akrout, at a workshop on Tunisia National Cyber Defense Strategy. Akrout said 82 percent of all crimes in the world are cyber crimes and 12 percent of these crimes are related to the espionage of government and…