2.5% growth of Tunisian economy in 2018, 1.9 % in 2017

The Tunisian economy grew 2.5 % in 2018 compared with 1.9%  in the previous year, the state statistics institute reveals. The GDP growth was driven by a 2.2-percent expansion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the state institute. Tunisia is aiming to raise GDP growth to 3.1 % in 2019. The budget deficit is expected to fall to 3.9% of gross domestic product in 2019, from about 5% in 2018, according to the state’s forecast. TunisianMonitorOnline Share+1TweetShare0 Shares

More European airlines are returning to Tunisia

More European airlines are returning to Tunisia, the Far Out Magazine website reports . Many of Europe’s largest airlines are running commercial flights to Tunisia once again as governments being to relax their travelling advice on visiting the country, the same source said. Now though, Thomas Cook has resumed flights to Tunisia and in excess of 220 holidaymakers flew to Enfidha airport from Birmingham on Tuesday. The same flight headed to the city from Manchester in the same day as an all-inclusive seven-night trip. Planning for a busy summer of…

“Dream in Tunisia”: 1,800 trees planted in Rjim Maatoug delegation

(TAP) – At the initiative of the association “Dream in Tunisia” and in collaboration with civil society, some 1,800 trees were planted on Saturday in Rjim Maatoug, in the desert of Tunisia located 120 km from the city centre of the governorate of Kebili. The initiative provides for the creation of a green barrier that includesd 1,800 acacias, eucalyptus, cypress around the maternity ward and the school of Rjim Maatoug and the dispensaries of Matrouha and Ferdaous. The project of “Dream in Tunisia” aims to create a forest within the…

Training session for teachers on reducing food waste organized (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is organising a training session on 28 February 2019 for 60 school and high school teachers on good practices to reduce food waste (bread and dairy products), the UN agency reports in a statement issued on Friday. The FAO exerts efforts in the Middle East and North Africa region for Reducing Food Waste and Waste and Developing Value Chains for Food Security in Egypt and Tunisia. This initiative is funded by the Italian International Development Agency and implemented in collaboration…

UN, EU Bank Approve More Support for Tunisia’s Olive Sector

Support for Tunisia’s olive sector by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is set to continue with the approval of the third stage of this multi-year project, Olive Oil Times reports. The FAO and EBRD have been providing a much-needed boost to Tunisia’s olive oil sector  for the past five years with the aim to enhance its quality, efficiency and competitiveness. The next stage of the project is due to begin during the first quarter of 2019 and…

Organic olive groves: Tunisia ranks 1st

Tunisia ranks first in the world in terms of the area devoted to organic olive groves, out of a list of 30 organic olive-growing countries, according to the report “The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2019”, published on February 13, 2019 by the Swiss Organic Agriculture Research Institute and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). The areas devoted to organic olive groves in Tunisia amount to 255 thousand hectares (ha), compared to 235 thousand ha in Italy, which ranks second, and 195 thousand ha in…

Tunisian students in France exempt from tuition fees increase

French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, announced on Thursday, during his meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, that Tunisian students will be totally exempt from this measure. The French government decided in November 2018 to multiply by 16 the tuition fees of non-European students on their soil. This is positive discrimination against Tunisia and was announced by Edouard Philippe during the visit of PM Youssef Chahed, to France from Frebruary 13 to 15, 2019. The 12,000 Tunisian students in France will be exempted from this measure, which had created a strong…

World President of Junior Chamber International Alexander Tio visits Tunisia

World President of JCI international visits Tunisia as a first destination to strengthen relations between the world organization and its national counterparts Received by President Béji Caïd Essebsi World President of JCI international commends Tunisia’s commitment to strengthening the role of youth in the development of society President Béji Caïd Essebsi, received Tuesday at the Carthage Palace, World President of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Indonesian Alexander Tio, who is visiting Tunisia as a first destination to strengthen relations between the world organization and its national counterparts in a number…

6th edition of 2019 Entrepreneurship Fair opened

The sixth edition of the 2019 Entrepreneurship Fair opened on Tuesday (12 to 14 February). This show, offers a larger exhibition space which offers the opportunity for 15,000 participants to meet more than 80 exhibitors for 3 days. This show will allow 200 young people with projects to participate in the Riyeda Awards competition. The objective of this competition is to offer them support and financing for their projects. More than 15,000 visitors from different regions nationwide are expected to attend this event, said Iskander Haddar, organiser of the fair.…

Billions of dollars to be given by WB to Mena economies this year

The World Bank (WB) will give billions of dollars in loans to the Middle East and North Africa in 2019 to accelerate economic reforms underway in countries such as Jordan, Tun­isia and Egypt, WB regional vice-president said. However, total funding is expected to decline slightly from the record $6.2 billion the bank invested in Mena in 2018, as some countries – most notably Tunisia – are approaching their maximum borrowing limit, The National reports. “Some countries we have supported with loan financing over the past few years have nearly reached…