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Sabbaths in Tunisia’s narrow streets witness cultural history

Historical mansions, which have been the subject of legends, where gentlemen resided and assemblies of literature and culture were established, sabbaths invite one into a history where dreams and reality are intertwined When you walk the oldest streets in Tunisia, known in Tunisia as Al Medina al-Quadima, you will come ...

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This Man Hopes to Bring Peace to the Middle East by Solving Sky-High Unemployment

In 2006, Ron Bruder, an American entrepreneur and property developer, set out to see if he could crack one of the Middle East’s most explosive and intractable problems: youth unemployment. He started a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Education For Employment (EFE) to help young people in the region learn a ...

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No Foreseeable Remedy for Tunisia’s Ailing Healthcare Sector

Infested with rampant corruption, the public health sector finds itself in the hands of conspirators engaged in the theft and embezzlement of public money through dubious deals. For decades, Tunisia has prided itself on the billions of dollars invested in building an advanced healthcare system that offers decent healthcare for ...

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Arab countries ranked by youth unemployment

Figures showed a worrying 9 percent increase in youth unemployment compared to the results of the previous year. Last year, the results of the ninth ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey showed that more than half of the Arab youth in the region believe that their biggest concern about the future is the fear ...

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Tunisia Continues to Suffer Macroeconomic Vulnerabilities – IMF

Tunisia continues to face elevated macroeconomic vulnerabilities and high unemployment, said the IMF Executive Board after completing the second review under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) Arrangement. In 2017, Tunisian economy made a modest recovery. The country’s debt has “continued to increase, inflation has accelerated, and international reserve cover is ...

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Tunisia seeks to build “Silicon Valley” by 2020

A new Tunisian act that paves the way for entrepreneurs to establish startups but fears of losing ambitious plans in bureaucratic paths arouse. A large fringe of Tunisian entrepreneurs and young people are waiting for parliament next week to approve the draft law on establishing start-up companies, on which the ...

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Tunisia’s leader calls for electoral reform, acknowledges reasons for disappointment with government performance

Caid Essebsi left the future of the government led by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed hanging as speculation about a reshuffle continues. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi called for a revision of the country’s electoral law but refrained from suggesting an expected constitutional reform to shore up presidential powers. Caid Essebsi ...

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Tunisia drowns in negative international rating

“Moody’s experts believe that longer-term uncertainty may have increased and ruled out a solution to the rapidly accumulating economic crises within months, putting risks on the pillars of Tunisia’s growth which is already a fragile economy.” Tunisia needs an urgent miracle to emerge from the international downgrade of its economy, ...

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UTICA in Full Gear with its New President

The newly-elected president of UTICA – Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, has been sending shockwaves across the political and economic circles of the country. His frequent presence on TV and radio programs in recent days provided him with unprecedented public exposure to reiterate what he –and many others- ...

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Seeing the ‘political crisis’ behind Tunisia’s economic morass

Despite abundant natural resources, Tunisia has recorded lower GDP growth, higher unemployment and increasing foreign debt since 2011. While Tunisia has overcome the threat posed by jihadists to its nascent democracy, it remains embroiled in economic and social crises because of the failure of political elites to harness the country’s ...

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