Tunisia observes 62nd anniversary of independence, Google dedicates doodle

Tunisia is celebrating on Tuesday the 62nd anniversary of its independence from France, in a holiday that is still widely celebrated, with official celebrations taking place throughout the country. Google dedicated a doodle to Tunisian National Day 2018, depicting a Tunisian flag waving against a background of palm trees, with a link that redirects to the Wikipedia entry on the story of Tunisian independence. Here is the doodle :” In both prehistory and recorded history, Tunisia is a historical hotspot. Tools from the Middle Stone Age (around 200,000 years ago)…

Tunisia hopes boost in Chinese investment can ease economic woes

As Chinese investment increased in other North African countries, their absence in Tunisia was noticeable. As late as 2015, there were few infrastructure projects bearing Mandarin characters such as those found in Algiers, no shops selling specialized Asian food products like in Cairo, and compared with the crowded streets of Marrakech, there were precious few Chinese tourists in Tunis, Al-Monitor said. But in the past year, China has been increasingly looking toward Tunisia. Projects in Algeria and Egypt have not been as successful as initially hoped, with delayed permits and declining oil prices…

Two Tunisian nationals abducted in Cameroon

Two Tunisian nationals were kidnapped on March 15 by an armed group in Cameroon’s southwest region. The abducted are two staff members of a Tunisian public works company in the area, the Foreign Ministry Monday said in a press release. A crisis unit was set up to monitor the situation; the ministry is coordinating with Cameroonian authorities to free the Tunisian hostages as soon as possible. TunsianMonitorOnline (TAP) Share+1TweetShare0 Shares

Migrants: Italian naval ship San Giusto berths in Tunisia

The Italian naval ship San Giusto is in Tunisia for the second time as part of the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean – EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia, of which Tunisia  is a partner, ANSAmed reports in its website. San Giusto is berthed in La Goulette. EU ambassador in Tunisia, Patrice Bergamini, and Sophia commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, said at a joint press conference that the EU naval mission launched on May 18, 2015, served to combat migrant trafficking and save lives in the Mediterranean, according to the source. “This…

World Happiness Report: Tunisia ranks 111th out of 156 countries

Tunisia ranks 111th in the World Happiness Report 2018 with 4,592 points, TAP reports It is an annual report published by the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network and as a relatively new survey of the state of happiness in the world of 2018, gives an idea of the state of the world’s countries per the resulting ranking of 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, the source added. The report covers the period from 2015 to 2017. According to the report, Tunisia…

Nigeria, Tunisia to strengthen bilateral relations

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has stressed the need to strengthen the bilateral relations that exist between Nigeria and Tunisia. The two countries are to strengthen relations especially in the areas of trade, economy and technology. Mr. Onyeama made the call at a business forum preceding Nigeria-Tunis Joint Ministerial Commission in Abuja. The Minister said that the two-day meeting marked another milestone in the bilateral relations between the two countries. ‘‘We appreciate the impressive development that had taken place in Tunisia which had really catapulted the country to…

Tunisia joins AEFMP airspace overhaul initiative

Air traffic control agencies from Algeria, France, Morocco, Portugal and Spain have joined with Tunisia in their commitment to optimise their respective airspaces in line with modernisation initiatives such as the Single European Sky (SES) project. The initiative called AEFMP dates back to the EFP Plan created by Spain, France and Portugal in 1990 which aimed to optimise, harmonise and integrate air navigation systems, following the principles established in Eurocontrol EATCHIP programme. In 1996, it was decided that the initiative would be extended to Algeria and Morocco to optimise the main transit flows in the…

Week in Review: Questions in Tunisia, and Switzerland returns stolen funds

Tunisia’s transition is certainly chaotic, but it is also lively and resilient, as JusticeInfo.net showed this week. This country, last bastion of the Arab Spring, is questioning the future of its transitional justice processes, notably its Truth and Dignity Commission. “A few months from the end of the Commission’s work in December 2018, the question of what happens afterwards is recurrent”, writes JusticeInfo’s correspondent in Tunis Olfa Belhassine. With 60,000 victims’ cases registered at the Commission, the questions are many. What kind of transitional justice will there be in the period after the Truth…

IEMed – EuroMeSCo initiative on EU-Tunisia Relations

A reflection on the future of EU-Tunisia relations is unfolding with the objective to adopt “partnership priorities” for 2018/2020 but also to think a longer-term perspective, Institut Europeu de Mediterrania (IEMed) said in its website. The IEMed and the Euro-Mediterranean Research, Dialogue, Advocacy (EuroMeSCo)  proposed to accompany this process with a “track II” initiative that will first materialise in the presentation of a study jointly drafted by four EU and 4 Tunisian experts, as it is reported in the website. The study will be presented in Brussels ahead of the EU-Tunisia…

Arab States build consensus on priorities for empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas ahead of CSW62

Ahead of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, Governments of the Arab States region met to prepare a common position on the empowerment of women and girls living in rural areas. Participants stressed the need to ensure access to education, political participation and land ownership UN Women, in partnership with the League of Arab States and the Ministry of Women, Family and Children of Tunisia, convened the Arab region intergovernmental preparatory meeting ahead of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)…