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 –…

Illegal Migration: Over 3,800 Tunisians Crossed to Italy in 2018

Frustration over lack of economic opportunities and social mobility has driven thousands of disenchanted Tunisians to undertake the perilous Mediterranean crossing in an attempt to reach Europe. Some 3,811 Tunisian migrants, now in an irregular situation, arrived by sea in Italy during the first eight months of 2018 compared to 1,721 recorded during the same period of last year, according to the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights (FTDES). Citing figures from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Forum President Masoud Romdhani…

Tunisia joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative as it seeks to diversify trade, investment

Tunisia, which boasts the most open and diversified economy in the Maghreb, took its first steps to integrate into China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) strategy as it looks to expand trade and foreign investment. Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, in Beijing for the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, presided over the signing of deals between Tunisian and Chinese partners, marking the country’s first tangible steps to form a “solid partnership” with BRI, Tunisia’s government said. The deals include projects to develop Tunisia’s southern port of Zarzis into an…

Italy’s Diplomacy Is Floundering in the Mediterranean

There’s no doubt that the Mediterranean Sea has played a decisive role in elevating Italy’s stature on the world stage. The Romans referred to it as “Mare Nostrum” (“Our Sea”), a rather self-explanatory term that attested to Rome’s quest for maritime dominance. Throughout the Middle Ages, Italian merchants staked generous amounts of money and energy on this maritime crossroads of civilizations, eventually dominating it for many years. The resulting emergence of the Maritime Republics (e.g. Venice, Genoa) represented the capstone of Italy’s commercial and diplomatic thrust in the Mediterranean. In…

Mideast draws more European tourists

If middle east tourism remains competitive globally, it is down to key destinations, in particular, the  UAE, Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey. According to the latest Q2 data compiled by Expedia Group, the number of travellers visiting the Middle East from Europe is on the rise. The list of the top ten markets into the UAE include the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland – a total of six European countries. Arrivals from Europe to the GCC are set to grow for the period of 2018 to 2020 by around…

FOCAC Beijing summit to set new path for China-Africa cooperation

As African leaders are gathering in Beijing for a summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), expectations run high for the two sides to strengthen their already solid friendship and further enhance pragmatic cooperation to bring tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people. The summit, scheduled for Sept. 3-4, aims to build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future, further dovetail China’s Belt and Road Initiative with African development, set a new path for a higher level of China-Africa cooperation, and deepen people-to-people exchanges. “We believe that…

Tunisia’s economy starts to rebound but structural issues persist – IMF

IMF approved $249m loan to Tunisia in July as part of four-year reform plan. Tunisia’s economy is displaying signs of economic recovery following difficult years since the Arab Spring, but remains dependent on consumption and imports, with weak investment and high levels of unemployment, prompting calls from the International Monetary Fund to cut its fiscal deficit and stabilise public debt. “There are some encouraging signs that economic activity is picking up,” said Björn Rother, IMF economist and head of staff for Tunisia, in a note on Friday following a visit…

Signs of economic progress in Tunisia overshadowed by political instability

Despite the gains, many have yet to find relief from economic hardships that have hit the country since 2011. The Tunisian economy showed signs of growth during the second quarter of 2018, giving ammunition to Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in his promise to turn the country’s economic indicators “green by the end of 2019.” However, the relatively strong numbers did little to help Chahed shore up political support in a government that has been fractured by infighting. Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Movement, the main backer in Chahed’s coalition government, said the…

Cowbellpedia: Columbian, Tunisian Maths Lecturers Seek Simple Method In Teaching

Two Mathematics lecturers Bernardo Recaman Santos, of the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia and Karam Aloui, who teaches Mathematics at the University of Spax, Tunisia have appealed to teachers of the subjected to make its teaching simple, saying the subject, dreaded by many students, could be fun and relaxing. Speaking at the Abuja edition of the Cowbellpedia Academy, which was organised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics, Recaman Santos, said that Mathematics teachers should help their students cure phobia and fright of the subject by making…

The Great American Eclipse Is History So Start Planning The ‘Eclipse Of The Century’ … In Tatouine

Hoping to tour the Stars Wars sets in Tunisia one day? Or see Egypt’s Valley of the Kings? Make that day August 2, 2027, when the longest eclipse remaining in any of our lifetimes will plunge a narrow strip of North Africa into darkness for a whopping maximum of six minutes and 23 seconds. The incredible spectacle of totality will be visible from the ancient city of Thebes near Luxor, Egypt. Also Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Islam’s holiest city and the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. The moon’s shadow will even travel across the Tunisian desert,…