Statement of Tahya Tounes Association after Habib Bourguiba Avenue’s terrorist attack

After the last terrorist attack of Habib Bourguiba Avenue that aimed to undermine the security of Tunisia and its stability in an attempt to tarnish its image on the regional and international level, Tahya Tounes Association for the dissemination of democracy released a statement in which it strongly condemns all the attempts to undermine Tunisia’s security and shake its stability. The Tahya Tounes Association also voiced its support to the efforts exerted by the security and military officers for the sake of Tunisia’s security and immunity. In this statement, the Association calls…

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…

In Tunisia, tourists back, but revenues do not follow

More than six million tourists are coming to Tunisia this year, more than in 2014, before a series of devastating attacks: but if tourism rebounded, the economic benefits do not follow, between poor management, competition, and difficulty in repatriating foreign currency. The tourism revenues in euros increased by 28% year on year, from 1 January to 20 September, to eur 1 billion, for 6.2 million tourists, according to the tunisian government. This is more tourists than the whole of the year 2014 (6,07) but, at the same time, less than…

Tunisia ‘at a turning point’ stresses UN rights expert

An independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Thursday the progress made towards democratic reform in Tunisia, since the 2011 revolution, and emphasized the importance of protecting freedom of peaceful assembly and association. “Tunisia is at a turning point in its post-revolution history,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule. His statement followed a 10-day visit during which new legislation on the issue was being discussed. “My meetings with various interlocutors allowed me to understand the stakes of the democratic transition,”…

Saudi Arabia pillar of peace and stability

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is making its way, amid international storms, firmly and with confidence making it clear that the decades ahead, until 2030, will be the decades of launching a new reality and an ambitious future planned tightly by the Saudi leadership for further stability and prosperity for the Saudi people. This is the vision that re-launched the dreams in the era of the fall of economies and the era of the miserable citizen and the broken homelands. The Saudi citizen realizes before any others that his country…

Mahdia: integration of archaeological sites into tourist circuit is an urgent need

(TAP/Mohamed Neji Ben Gamra) – Located in the east coast and less than an hour south of Sousse, the city of Mahdia is a modern tourist resort with some of the most beautiful beaches of Tunisia, and well-known for its active fishing harbour. Mahdia also witnessed some important historical events, starting from the Phoenicians and Romans and later the Fatimids, making the city host several monuments that remind of a prestigious past. Speaking to TAP Mohamed Houas Mahdia regional museum curator and representative of the National Heritage Institute in Mahdia…

Traditional grazing-management practice makes an impact in southern Tunisia

Degradation of rangelands is a major global concern, but land degradation processes in the rangelands are poorly understood. This lack of understanding has contributed to poorly-informed interventions and policies that have sometimes exacerbated degradation. Rangeland can become degraded due to crop cultivation, over-exploitation of livestock, over-extraction of woody biomass, and increased aridity owing to both climate change and extraction of water. However, there are traditional historical rangeland governance practices that have allowed sustainable rangeland management in the dry areas for centuries. It’s called “Gdel.” In Tunisian Arabic dialect, Gdel refers…

Back to business: Tunisia-Libya border reopening sparks hope for locals dependent on smugglers

Tunisian traders are back to business in the southeastern town of Ben Guerdane, following the reopening of the Ras Jedir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya on September 1. The town has started to recover from a two-month halt to its commercial activity since Libya first barred the transit of goods to Tunisia, then closed its border. Until not long ago, Ben Guerdane was the scene of protests that pushed dozens of Tunisians to the streets in June. A group of local traders blocked the main road to the key border…

UN chief commends anti-money laundering efforts in Nigeria, Tunisia

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed satisfaction with the anti-money laundering efforts in Nigeria and Tunisia. Guterres, in his remarks to the Security Council on ‘Corruption in Conflicts’, noted that the anti-money laundering efforts in Nigeria and Tunisia had seen funds returned to the treasury. At its January Summit this year, the African Union launched the observance of 2018 as African Anti-Corruption Year. “I am pleased to note that anti-money laundering efforts in Nigeria and Tunisia have seen funds returned,” the UN chief said. Newsmen report that the AU has…

UK tourist numbers to Tunisia show signs of recovery

The first signs of recovery in UK tourism to Tunisia following the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse have emerged. A new study of data from the Office for National Statistics revealed a 537% year-on-year rise to 19,000 visits in the first quarter of 2018. The North African country saw the biggest increase in visitors from the UK of any country in the world, albeit numbers were still low. Research by Manchester-based luxury travel frim Rich Vein Travel disclosed that Finland achieved the second biggest increase at 92,000 UK visits –…