Tunisia submits « Beauty and the Dogs » for 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Kaouther Ben Hania’s feature film “Beauty and the Dogs” will represent Tunisia in the 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, announced the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNCI). Under the aegis of the CNCI, the committee that met on Sunday, September 16 has selected this film which “meets the eligibility criteria defined by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Beauty and the Dogs” was the only Tunisian film in the running for the national short-listing,” adds the same source. The CNCI said the nomination…

Algeria: Merkel in Algeria – Migration Likely to Influence Trade Talks

Chancellor Merkel is headed for Algeria to find ways to boost trade with the Mediterranean nation. But the complicated issue of migration will loom over her talks as Berlin looks for ways to stem irregular migration. Officially, the main purpose of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Algeria is to strengthen trade relations. According to Algerian news agency APS, the visit will offer “an opportunity to take stock of the economic relations between Algeria and Germany” and to strengthen them. And there is room for improvement. In terms of imports…

Tunisian food trade deficit drops to 82 % in first 8 months

Tunisia’s food trade deficit went down to 82 %  year on year in the first eight months, Tunisian Agriculture Ministry said Thursday. The food trade deficit fell to 162.8 million dinars (58.8 million U.S. dollars) between January and August, down from 886.2 million dinars in 2017. The sharp decline is mainly due to the export of olive oil, dates and seafood. Tunisia’s food exports during the first eight months this year accounted for 13 percent of the country’s total exports. The food trade balance showed a clear improvement in the…

SAIC Motor to Open First Manufacturing Plant in Africa

Plans have been concluded by Chinese automaker, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, to launch its first manufacturing plant of in Africa. This is part of the firm’s expansion drive into the African market. The new factory will be located in Tunisia, a northern African nation. Recently, SAIC Motor signed an agreement with a Tunisian firm, Meninx Holding, for the setting up of the plant in the country to serve African and European markets. SAIC Motors noted that the new deal forms part of its strategic expansion agenda to become a leading…

Tunisia will not impose new taxes in 2019 – prime minister

Tunisia will impose no new taxes on individuals and firms under the 2019 budget but will continue to reform a costly subsidies system, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Friday. The country has struggled to fulfil donors’ demands to reform its economy and cut its budget deficit amid turmoil since the ousting of president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Unwilling to cut a bloated public service due to resistance from labour unions, the government has raised taxes several times, prompting riots for weeks in January.  Tunisia raised fuel prices…

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…

DCCC welcomes new Fulbright scholars, international students

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) opens its doors yet again to the world. The campus welcomes seven international students and scholars from four different countries for the 2018-2019 academic year. Four international students travelled to Davidson County from Tunisia. The students are a part of the Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program sponsored through the U.S. Department of State’s Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program. “We are all here to rise up in this world and make it a better world,” Tunisia program student Dhia Salaoui said. “I didn’t expect to be surrounded…

Tunisian navy rescues 25 Italy-bound illegal immigrants

The Tunisian navy rescued 25 illegal Tunisian immigrants attempting to reach the Italian coast, the defense ministry said Thursday. These migrants, aged between 14 and 37 years old, were rescued 75 km off Djerba Island in southeastern Tunisia, the ministry added. Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights recently revealed that 3,811 illegal Tunisian immigrants managed to arrive at the Italian coast during the first eight months of 2018. TunisianMonitorOnline (Xinhuanet) Share2+1TweetShare2 Shares

Tunisian Parliament to consider criminalizing racial discrimination

 In an Aug. 29 joint press conference with the Association of Ivorian Students and Interns in Tunisia, Yemina Thabet, the head of the Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities, called on the Tunisian Parliament to speed up the ratification of the draft law criminalizing racism. Eight Ivorians were physically and verbally abused by Tunisians in late August. The Tunisian Forum on Economic and Social Rights, the Euro-Mediterranean Network and the Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights first proposed a bill to criminalize racial discrimination in Tunisia at a press conference in March 2016. In June 2016,…

Nissan to set a pick-up assembly plant in Tunisia

Peyman Kargar, Nissan’s vice president announced on September 10, 2018, that his group would set a pick-up assembly plant in Tunisia in collaboration with the local group Mzabi. “This project whose implementation cost is $33 million and which will be realized in two phases in partnership with Mzabi group will help create 500 jobs”, the vice-president said. This was announced during a meeting between Peyman Kargar, Slim Feriani, Tunisia’s minister of industry and Moncef Mzabi, Mzabi group’s CEO. The minister of industry explained the importance of the automobile industry for Tunisia. “Tunisia…