Open Skies treaty will support economy (PM)

Tunisia needs to launch the “Open Skies” Treaty with Europe with the aim to boost its economy, create a new economic climate, support the economy and give real opportunities, Premier Youssed Chahed told media after meeting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last Friday in Tunis. The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) threatened to go on strikes if the deal is launched, fearing the fall of the Tunisian National Carrier Tunisair. According to officials in Tunisia, the “Open Skies” Treaty will help provide thousands of jobs and bolster the tourism sector.…

2018 World Energy Engineering Congress: AEE Tunisia chapter awarded

Through its International Awards Program, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) shed light on the important work carried out by individuals, organizations, agencies, and corporations. By identifying those who persevere in their fields, energy professionals are awarded so as the industry of energy engineering is advanced. The program aims to recognize excellence by the professionals in the energy industry. The 2018 International Awards was presented Wednesday, October 17th at the AEE International Awards Banquet, being held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC in partnership with the 41st World…

Ghar El Melh selected among first 18 wetland cities

Ghar El Melh is now first Arab, North African city in Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance Tunisian seaside city Ghar El Melh located in the governorate of Bizerte (North of Tunisia) was granted the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award to become the first Arab and North African city in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. Eighteen cities from seven countries – China, France, Hungary, Madagascar, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Tunisia – received the prestigious accreditation during a boisterous ceremony at the 13thConference of the Parties to…

Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum in Tunis

The 20th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum was organised Sunday in Tunis by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation and the World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence against Hunger, in partnership with host countries. The five-day Forum aims to start an open dialogue and share experiences, best practices, and challenges as well as options for sustainable support for nutrition-based school feeding programs using local products. The Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum is held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region where school feeding programs…

Bizerte hosts first Blue Economy Forum

The resort city of Bizerte hosted Saturday the first edition of the Blue Economy Forum which opened in the presence of Tunisian and foreign experts in sea and ocean resources management and protection. The blue economy consists in the sustainable management of water resources and ocean protection for present and future generations. Researcher Kais Hammami said that the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (French: ITES), which is organising the two-day forum, strives to make of the Blue Economy Forum an important destination in maritime activities. The ITES blue economy strategy…

Tunisia, France to launch e-health project soon

Tunisia and France will launch soon a partnership project in the e-health field, Minister Adviser of France’s Embassy to Tunisia Laurent Viguié said as he took part in the 2nd edition of the France-Tunisia Health Forum, held on October 17-18 in Tunis. The project which is supported by the French Development Agency (AFD), will improve the hospital structures and develop them. AFD Director of digital technologies Gilles Chausse told media that some €27 million will be provided for projects in e-health and management of medicines in hospital structures. The forum…

Security co-operation discussed as Saudi ambassador in Tunis meets with Interior Minister

Interior Minister Hicham Fourati met Thursday in Tunis with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed Bin Mahmoud Al-Ali. The meeting focused on security co-operation and ways to develop it, particularly in the field of continuing training and exchange of expertise, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry. A joint military exercise between the Air Forces of Tunisia and Saudi Arabia was launched on Monday at the Sidi Ahmed military base in Bizerte. It will continue until 12 October as part of strengthening the Tunisian-Saudi military cooperation. In this connection,…

Tunisia FM on Karabakh conflict: We are not going to take one side or another

Tunisia will not take one side or the other when it comes to the conflict between other countries, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said during the PACE autumn session in his response to the Azerbaijani delegate. The Minister responded to Azerbaijani delegate Huseynov who seemed to ask a question with the sole goal to remind of “Armenian aggression”. “As we say at the United Nations, of course, Tunisia complies with its international obligations and resolutions. It does not want to interfere in the domestic matters of other countries and does not…

HPR of Tunisia passes anti-racism law

The House of People’s Representatives (HPR) has adopted a law criminalising racist speech, incitement to hatred and discrimination. It is a historic vote on the elimination of all the forms of racial discrimination, with 125 votes for, 1 against and 5 abstentions. The purpose of this Act is to eliminate all forms and manifestations of racial discrimination in order to protect the dignity of the human being and to establish equality between individuals with respect to the enjoyment of rights and the fulfillment of their duties, in accordance with the provisions…

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…