Saudi Fund for Development finances housing units in Tunisia

The Saudi Fund for Development financed 18 housing units in the city of Oued Melliz, governorate of Jendouba. The units are part of a $150 million soft loan provided by the fund, which aims to build around 4,600 units in different regions of Tunisia for low-income people. Mohammed Saleh Arfaoui, Minister of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning voiced thanks and gratitude to the Saudi government under the leadership of King Salman for its constant support and for standing by Tunisia on several occasions. For his part, Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed…

Anger as Italy arrests Tunisian fishermen ‘rescuing migrants’

Italy has been urged to release six Tunisian fishermen who were arrested at sea on suspicion of smuggling migrants. Supporters of the fishermen, from the south-east coastal town of Zarzis, say their colleagues were simply aiding a boat in distress. The boat, carrying 14 people, was trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa last week. One of the arrested fishermen is Chamseddine Bourassine, president of the Association of Fishermen in Zarzis. He is a local legend in the town, reports the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tunis. A small protest…

Tunisian-British Trade and Investment Forum due next October in London

The Tunisian-British Trade and Investment Forum is due to be held in London on October 10 -12, 2018, according to a note from the Tunisian Embassy in the British capital, published by the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX). The forum is part of efforts to raise awareness among Tunisian business community about the business opportunities offered by the United Kingdom, which is the 7th customer and the 15th largest supplier of Tunisia, with an annual trade volume of 1.4 million dinars. Minister of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in charge…

Tunisian Telecommunications engineer Houssem Haji invents autonomous receiver for a Mars exploration orbiter

The receiver, whose major stages of design and implementation were conducted by the Tunisian Telecommunication Engineer Houssem Haji, is the first of its kind and surpasses all previous designs in this area. The project had taken 40 months of analysis, design and research. It had also taken 20 months of implementation, and it is now in the final phase of testing. Houssem Haji, native of the delegation of Magel Bel Abbes in the governorate of Kasserine, studied communication engineering in Tunisia. He worked in some companies and then moved to…

Tunisia Joins World’s Largest Student-Led Cybersecurity Event

The world’s largest student-run set of cybersecurity competitions, founded 15 years ago by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, will expand this year to Mexico and Tunisia, bringing to seven the number of global sites where top student hackers, protectors, and scholars will compete simultaneously on November 8-11, 2018. New Cyber Security Awareness Worldwide (CSAW) events, which are designed by students under the mentorship of information security professionals and faculty, will address security threats in areas such as 3D printing as well as IoT – the so-called Internet of Things — in which an estimated 80 percent of connected devices…

Upcoming Beijing summit to deepen China-Tunisia ties, Sino-African cooperation

The upcoming Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be an important opportunity to deepen the Sino-African cooperation, including the China-Tunisia relations, Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia, Wang Wenbin, said in an interview with Xinhua. The Tunisian government attaches great importance to the summit, as Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed will lead a delegation to Beijing to attend the event scheduled on Sept. 3-4, Wang said. “During my meeting with Chahed on Friday, he said the Tunisian government and Tunisian people fully support the FOCAC Beijing summit and…

Cholera in Algeria : After Tunisia and Libya, Morocco takes precautionary preventions

Morocco is taking precautionary measures after the Algerian Health authority confirmed Saturday, 25th of August, that two people have died of cholera, while 139 have been hospitalized, a source at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health told Yabiladi on Monday. «We will be taking the possible precautionary measures, preventing spread of epidemic», stressed the same source, adding that hospitals throughout the Kingdom will be notified about the outbreak in Algeria. «We will also be monitoring and keeping an eye on airports and seaports that welcome everyday Algerian nationals», stressed the same…

Navy unit rescues 11 Tunisians in southeastern Kerkennah Island

A unit of the National Navy, on Monday, rescued 11 Tunisians in the southeast of the island of Kerkennah after they asked for help. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of National Defence, their age ranges from 17 to 29 years. They said they sailed through the night between August 25 and 26 from the coast of Zarzis, to illegally cross the maritime border to the Italian coast. They were taken to the port of Zarzis and handed over to t.he local National Guard to complete the legal…

South Korea seeking assistance from Tunisia to enter Libyan market

South Korea is seeking assistance from Tunisia to enter the Libyan market due to the special relations between Tunisia and Libya, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui revealed. In a joint press statement with the Vice-President of the National Assembly of South Korea Lee Jae-young, Saturday, Jhinaoui said that Korea is looking forward to contributing to investments in Libya and to have a role in the reconstruction of the country. Officials from South Korea have visited the capital Tripoli recently to discuss with the Presidential Council the prospects for the return…

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia, at least five dead

Tunisia’s coast guard said it recovered the bodies of five migrants on Thursday whose boat sank as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Crews were now searching for another five Tunisians that relatives had said were also on the boat that set off this week from the southern coastal community of Zarzis, the coast guard added.  Human traffickers are increasingly using Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading to Europe as the Libyan coast guard, aided by armed groups, has tightened controls. Many…