SITIC Africa 2017 digital expo set to open in Tunis

The second edition of SITIC, the three-day international exhibition for information and communications technology (ICT) in Africa, is set to open in Tunis on April 18 at the city’s Kram Exhibition Center, according to a statement released by the Milan office of the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA). The event aims to build awareness of what Tunisia has to offer in the ICT sector, providing a platform for networking between various players in the industry upon the backdrop of a triangular cooperation between Tunisia, Europe, and Africa. International partners…

Tunisia at Compact With Africa Initiative in Germany

International financial institutions, namely the World Bank (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), favourably responded to Tunisia’s call to support its economy and make available the necessary means to overcome the transitional period, a Finance Ministry press release Sunday points out on the occasion of Tunisia’s participation in the opening works of the Compact With Africa initiative on March 17-18 in Baden-Baden, Germany. This initiative is part of the G 20 Meeting of the Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors chaired by Germany. On…

Fadhel Abdelkefi: “IMF has not imposed any demands and this is what Zribi meant”

Minister of Investment and International Co-operation Fadhel Abdelkefi gave AfricanManager an exclusive interview where he discussed several issues including the remarks by Finance Minister Lamia Zribi on freezing of the 2nd and 3rd tranches of the IMF loan and the sale of some government shares in public and non-strategic banks. Interview: The Minister of Finance recently announced the freezing by the IMF of the 2nd and 3rd tranches of the credit that will be granted to Tunisia, what do you think?  I think the Minister of Finance’s speech was taken…

CMA signs MoU with Capital Markets Authority of Lebanon for increased cooperation

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the Capital Market Authority (CMA) and the Capital Markets Authority of Lebanon for mutual cooperation and exchange of information. This will strengthen cooperation in the implementation of laws relating to the issuance of securities and other investment instruments, supervision of stock markets, clearing and settlements activities, and enhance and ensure the qualification of persons licensed to deal in securities, in addition to setting high standards for fairness and integrity of professional conduct and detecting unhealthy practices. The signing ceremony will be…

Mark Hamill shares the first ever photo of Luke Skywalker

IT MIGHT not be throwback Thursday but Mark Hamill was definitely feeling a little nostalgic, taking to Twitter to post an adorable vintage photo. The photo in question is of the actor as his iconic Star Wars character Luke Skywalker which Hamill believes was “the very first Luke pic”. The original Star Wars hit screens back in 1977 and would go on to gross $US775 million and earn ten Academy Award nominations, winning seven. The early scenes from the movie were, as Hamill wrote, shot in Tunisia for two weeks.…

International, Arab Envoys Meet in Cairo to Discuss Libya’s Situation

Representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League and the African Union met on Saturday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo to intensify international efforts in order to push the peace process in Libya. EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, UN Special Envoy for Libya Martin Kobler, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and AU High Representative for Libya Jakaya Kikwete met at the headquarters of the pan-Arab organization in Cairo. The four-party meeting aims to find the necessary…

Ajdabiya University in cooperation deal with Tunisia’s Sousse University

Ajdabiya University has signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Sousse in Tunisia. Covering training, and  cademic collaboration and exchanges in a number of areas, it was signed by the university’s dean, Tarek Dabbah, during a visit to Sousse. Ajdabiya University, founded in 2000, has six faculties: Science, Economics, Medicine, Arts, Law and Engineering. Sousse University has undertaken collaboration agreements with three other Libyan univerisites: Sirte, Sebha and the Senussi Islamic University in Beida. The third, covering joint programmes on education, research and culture, is still active. Libya Herald…

British charity turns young Tunisians from jihad to map-making

More Muslims join Isis from the north African country than anywhere else. Michael Binyon visits a project orientating them in their community. Even political Islamists agree that only jobs, education, better living conditions and more social justice can counter the lure of Islamic State. Tunisia, the only country to emerge relatively unscathed from the Arab Spring, has seen more young men join Isis fighters in Syria and Iraq than any other Arab country — with at least 5,000 joining the militants in Mosul and Raqqa. Yet Tunisia is fairly prosperous,…

Destination Africa: Big growth in international arrivals

Africa is seeing a significant growth in international air travellers – arrivals were up 10.3% between September 2016 and January this year. Europe remained the leading source market with a 47.3% share, while Asia Pacific was the fastest growing, up 21.7%. The encouraging figures for the continent’s economy are released today by ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 16 million flight reservation transactions each day. The data comes ahead of the influential Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) which will again run alongside AviaDev Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on…

Chichi: “Inter-Libyan dialogue without foreign interference to settle conflict in Libya”

MOSCOW-Inclusive inter-Libyan talks, far from any foreign interference, are likely to favour a political solution to the conflict in Libya as advocated by neighbouring countries, Tunisia’s ambassador to Russia Mohamed Ali Chihi stressed Friday in Moscow.   “A solution to the Libyan conflict can only come from Libyan themselves through inclusive dialogue favouring a political settlement,” Tunisia’s ambassador stressed in a press conference, saying neighbouring countries Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt have already initiated a common approach to contribute to the return of peace and stability in this country. The interministerial…