Tunisia celebrates National Tree Day

The National Tree Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of November. It was established by a presidential decree dated November 3, 1958. The Tunisian government prepares a special programme implemented in cooperation with non-governmental institutions. Tunisia, like many countries of the African continent, suffers from the problem of deforestation, which is one of the major environmental issues in the state. The government of Tunisia started to take certain actions towards restoration of the tree plantations. The government developed a long running programme of afforestation, running from 2007. According…

New arms cache discovered in Ben Guerdane

According to Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news Agency on the basis of  the Interior Ministry’s statement, a  new weapons cache was discovered on Sunday in the town of Ourasniya, near Ben Guerdane (Governorate of Medenine),. The statement added that Gorjani anti-terrorist brigade and special units of Ben-Guerdane discovered a stock of RPG rockets, electric guns  and weapons of war. Another arms cache containing 2 RPG rocket launchers, 20 RPG rockets, 21 hand grenades, 10 anti-tank mines and 24 anti-personnel mines was discovered on Saturday in the town of Chereb Errajel,…

“Twenty four Tunisian governorates not attractive for investment” (IACE 2016 Regional Attractiveness Report)

The 24 Tunisian governorates are not attractive for investment and do not offer a favourable climate for business, according to the “2016 Regional Attractiveness” Report presented by Instauring an Advocacy Champion for Economy (IACE) on Saturday at the “Maison de l’Entreprise” in Tunis, The report targeted a sample of 539 companies established on the Tunisian territory. It gives an overview of the local business climate and classifies Tunisia’s most competitive governorates through 6 sectors (municipal services, non-municipal services, transparency and access to information, participatory approach, infrastructure, living environment and labour…

Deep-water port project in Enfidha included in development plan 2016-2020

A deep water port worth over Dinar 2,000 million is being built in the gulf of Hammamet inside the industrial area of Enfidha. The port is built across 1,000 hectares, with 3,000 hectares behind the port, a depth of 17 metres (where the largest vessels can dock), 5 km of quays, of which 3.6 dedicated to containers and 1.4 for storage. Once it is completed, it will have a capacity of five million teu (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and four tonnes of solid storage room. The Tunisian government vies with the…

Trump’s election will not change Tunisian-American relations, Chahed tells Europe 1

“We have achieved significant success over the last twelve months, but the fight against terrorism is a constant and everyday war, ” Premier Youssef Chahed Friday said in an interview with French radio station Europe 1. He talked about the security challenges facing Tunisia and France, stressing that Tunisia, which is directly impacted by the very uncertain situation in Libya, has managed for a year to stabilize its security situation by tripling in particular the budget of the Ministry of the Interior. Youssef Chahed also extended  a message to the…

Hollande lays emphasis on conversion of Tunisian debts into investments

“France is always supportive of Tunisia’s development and democracy efforts,” Francois Hollande told media after his meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Thursday at the Elysee, on the occasion of a first official visit to Europe. The French President reasserted the support of France to Tunisia which “became a reference for the world and “has considerable advantages and strong growth potentials.” Hollande pledged an exemplary cooperation, notably in security, and spoke about further intelligence exchange and a beefed up Tunisia-Libya border control. The French Development Agency will support development…

Visit of Youssef Chahed to France for seeking economic boost

(Tunisian Monitor OnLine) – “The visit of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has an economic and political dimension. Chahed will seek more consistent support from France, Tunisia’s 1st partner. The visit is strategic insofar as it takes place at a moment in which Tunisia faces difficult economic and social challenges. Youssef Chahed is accompanied on this visit with the Ministers of Tourism and Handicrafts and of Development, Investment and International Co-operation, the Minister in Charge of Relations with the House of People’s Representatives and Spokesman for the Government and the Secretary of…

Youssef Chahed: there are no drones flying out from our country to Libya

On the eve of his official visit to France on November 9, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed gave an interview to French daily newspaper “Le Monde” published on November 8, in which he called on the international community to understand the particular situation of Tunisia that pays today the economic price of the 2011 Revolution. In another connection, the Prime Minister formally denied the rumors according to which the U.S. drones take off from Tunisian soil to fly Sirte (bastion of Daech in Libya). He said that military and security cooperation…

Mohamed Masmoudi  passes away

  Mohamed Masmoudi former Foreign Minister during late President Habib Bourguiba’s presidency, died on Monday night November 7, at the  age of 91. As a journalist, I met him for interview on two occasions in his hometown Mahdia, on his long political and diplomatic career during which he was active and influential nationwide and worldwide. Mohamed Masmoudi is known by his deep culture and his close ties with famous political leaders such as Pierre Mendes France, current Algerian president Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika,  Kaddafi, King Faycel, Sheikh Zaeied and others. In the…

Tunisian-Libyan fraternity Day in Tunis

The Maghreb Centre for Research on Libya held on Saturday, November 5 in Ibn Rachiq Cultural centre in Tunis, the Tunisian-Libyan fraternity Day with the participation of a number of historians, diplomats, journalists and civil society activists to commemorate the “Zalaj” events of November 7, 1911, when blood of the Tunisian martyrs was shed in solidarity with their Libyan brothers against the Italian invasion. Speaking at the event, Researcher and Professor Khaled Abid highlighted the historical background of the Tunisian-Libyan solidarity in the face of colonialism. In turn, ambassador, Salaheddine…