Ghana and Tunisia pledge to boost economic and trade fields

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey voiced commitment to renew bilateral cooperation between Ghana and Tunisia to set a new agenda for holistic development. “The commitment will deepen engagement at all levels, particularly within the area of economic cooperation”, she said in a statement issued by the Ministry. The Minister’s two-day visit to Tunisia is a response to an invitation of Tunisian Minister for Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui. The Ghanaian Minister stressed the importance of her visit to Tunisia, affirming the commitment to contribute to…

Libyan security frees 14 kidnapped Tunisian workers

Security forces in Libya on Sunday freed 14 Tunisian workers kidnapped by gunmen in the western city of Zawiya, some 45 km west of the capital Tripoli, according to Libyan officials. “The security directorate of the city of Zawiya managed to free the Tunisian workers. Communication is underway with the concerned authorities to ensure they return safely to their families,” said the Zawiya security directorate. The workers are in good health, according to the security directorate, Xinhuanet reports. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry also confirmed the release of the kidnapped workers and…

French-Tunisian University for Africa and Mediterranean to start activity in September 2019

The activities of the French-Tunisian University for Africa and the Mediterranean (French; UFTAM)  will be launched in September 2019. This initiative was discussed as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Slim Khalbous met his French counterpart, Frédérique Vidal, a joint statement reports. At the closing session of the Joint Steering Committee meeting of the French-Tunisian University project, held on Thursday in Paris, the two ministers stressed that the project illustrates the three concepts of excellence, renovation and openness to the world. The representatives of the French and Tunisian institutions…

“Dream in Tunisia”: 1,800 trees planted in Rjim Maatoug delegation

(TAP) – At the initiative of the association “Dream in Tunisia” and in collaboration with civil society, some 1,800 trees were planted on Saturday in Rjim Maatoug, in the desert of Tunisia located 120 km from the city centre of the governorate of Kebili. The initiative provides for the creation of a green barrier that includesd 1,800 acacias, eucalyptus, cypress around the maternity ward and the school of Rjim Maatoug and the dispensaries of Matrouha and Ferdaous. The project of “Dream in Tunisia” aims to create a forest within the…

Training session for teachers on reducing food waste organized (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is organising a training session on 28 February 2019 for 60 school and high school teachers on good practices to reduce food waste (bread and dairy products), the UN agency reports in a statement issued on Friday. The FAO exerts efforts in the Middle East and North Africa region for Reducing Food Waste and Waste and Developing Value Chains for Food Security in Egypt and Tunisia. This initiative is funded by the Italian International Development Agency and implemented in collaboration…

Tunisian students in France exempt from tuition fees increase

French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced on Thursday, during his meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, that Tunisian students will be totally exempt from this measure. The French government decided in November 2018 to multiply by 16 the tuition fees of non-European students on their soil. This is positive discrimination against Tunisia and was announced by Edouard Philippe during the visit of PM Youssef Chahed, to France from Frebruary 13 to 15, 2019. The 12,000 Tunisian students in France will be exempted from this measure, which had created a strong…

World President of Junior Chamber International Alexander Tio visits Tunisia

World President of JCI international visits Tunisia as a first destination to strengthen relations between the world organization and its national counterparts Received by President Béji Caïd Essebsi World President of JCI international commends Tunisia’s commitment to strengthening the role of youth in the development of society President Béji Caïd Essebsi, received Tuesday at the Carthage Palace, World President of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Indonesian Alexander Tio, who is visiting Tunisia as a first destination to strengthen relations between the world organization and its national counterparts in a number…

AMU relaunches its Trans-Maghreb railway project

The Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) has received the financial support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fund the preparatory activities of the Trans-Maghreb rail project linking Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. This was announced by the union in a statement released on February 4, 2019. Late January, the union launched “an international call for application to recruit an individual consultant (or a firm’s representative) for the marketing of the Transmaghreb railroad renovation and modernization study”. Applications should be submitted at the AMU’s registry office located at 73, Tansift road, Agdal,…

Government and teachers ink deal to end crisis

The Tunisian teachers’ union reached a deal with the Education Ministry on Saturday to end a crisis during which schools have been disrupted across the country for months. “Under the deal, the teachers will end their strike and return to work to make the school year a success,” a union member said. The agreement was made possible by the efforts of UGTT and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, UGTT Secretary-General Noureddine Tabboubi told media. It was agreed to rectify four points, including the one relating to retirement at age 57 and…

Government, UGTT agree wage hike for civil servants

The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Administrative Committee agreed Thursday with the government on all the proposals agreed regarding civil service wage increases, TAP reports. Earlier, UGTT Secretary-General Nourredine Taboubi said, as the Administrative Committe works got underway, an agreement would be signed Thursday at 5 pm in Kasbah if proposals are endorsed, the same source said. The labour union “will seek to get a specific wage hike for public sector doctors, university professors and public sector engineers at a new round of negotiations with the government, so as to…