“Libyans are able to restore stability in their country whenever they want to” (UNSMIL Chief)

Ghassen Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Friday Libyan sovereignty is threatened right now. “Libyans are able to restore stability in their country, whenever they want to” he told reporters after his meeting the media after his meeting with Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui at the headquarters of the department. “We are working for a unified, legitimate and internationally recognised Libyan authority that can muster all its forces so that Libya would not be a source of threat to itself and its neighbors,” he pointed…

Tunisia: Tunisair Braces for Record Number of Travellers in Summer Season (CEO)

A record number of over four million travellers is expected this summer, said Tunisair CEO Elyes Mnakbi. There will also be an increase in turnover, he said. He Thursday said, on the fringes of a conference in Tunis on the role of transparency in improving the profitability of the transport sector, figures will exceed those of 2008, a reference year for the national carrier. “The season will be exceptional in view of the coming home of Tunisian expatriates concurrently with the pilgrimage season and the transport of the national soccer…

Tunisia taking steps to attract investment, tourism with Saudi partnerships

Tunisia is ready to establish partnerships with Saudi Arabia  Tunisia has taken huge and effective steps toward attracting investment and tourism, said Ziad Ladhari, minister of development, investment and international cooperation. Tunisia is ready to establish partnerships with countries — especially Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE — to benefit from their experience in development, said Ladhari, who received a delegation from the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), a specialized organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He also lauded cooperation with the IINA, and the role played by…

New Support for Accelerating Reforms in Tunisia to Boost Growth, Protect the Vulnerable and Shift to Green Energy

The World Bank announced today a new US$500 million operation to support key reforms in Tunisia aimed at promoting private investment and creating opportunities for small businesses, while protecting vulnerable households and increasing energy security. The new operation will support concrete actions to simplify import and export procedures, open many sectors to investment, make it easier for small businesses to access credit and bid for government contracts, ensure social safety nets reach the poorest and help build human capital, and create a more sustainable and greener energy sector. The Investment, Competitiveness…

500 million dinars for Tunisia’s Central pharmacy to reduce deficit

The Tunisian government is launching a rescue programme for the Tunisian Central Pharmacy by providing, in the short term, 500 million dinars to urgently solve the problem of drug deficit. ¨Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said that the government pledges to better organise the sector through the development of a national strategy involving all stakeholders through a better organisation of distribution channels and the adoption of a digital system ensuring good distribution in the public and private sectors, indicating the launch of the digital distribution experience in hospitals and pharmacies, in…

UK eases travel restrictions to Tunisia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK has further lifted restrictions on travel to Tunisia, a move likely to drive tourists to the region. The decision came as Mövenpick announced plans to take over an upscale hotel as the country moves away from the budget market and looks to the business and luxury sector.  The FCO no longer advises against all but essential travel to the town of Jendouba, and some areas of southern Tunisia, including the towns of Médenine, Tataouine and Douz. A state of emergency is in effect in…

HOW TUNISIA IS FINALLY EMBRACING ITS BERBER CULTURE

The revival of Tunisia’s traditional heritage is creating new opportunities for cultural tourism, says Isabel Putinja I didn’t expect the sky to be white. There’s a sandstorm in the Saharaand I’m at its gateway: a windy hilltop overlooking the arid landscape of the Dahar mountain chain in South Tunisia. Gigantic letters perched on the rocky outcrop I’m standing on spell out MATMATA. Matmata is best known for its underground troglodyte houses where the first Star Wars film was shot in 1976. Hotel Sidi Driss is still the main tourist attraction here –…

Tunisia launches national strategy to better preserve water

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday unveiled a national strategy for better preserving water resources. The announcement was made on the Tunisian Economic Forum organiqed by Arab Institute of Business Leaders. “This strategy will be able to preserve every drop of water through the construction of dams, collinear lakes and boreholes, in addition to some deepwater projects planned in the south of the country,” Chahed assured. Currently, among Tunisian water resources, 77.3 percent is used in agricultural sector, 15.5 percent for drinking water, 6 percent for industry and 1.2…

Roadshows to inform Tunisian exporters of business opportunities in DR Congo

A series of Roadshows aimed at sensitising Tunisian exporters to the business opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be held in Sfax on July 3, in Sousse on July 4 and in Tunis on July 5, the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) announced Wednesday. These Roadshows will features, in particular, a presentation of the DRC market and B to B meetings with 4 Congolese buyers who will come to Tunisia specially to attend this series of regional seminars. Priority has been given to health sectors, including the pharmaceutical and…

Economic forum on boosting export to the African market

Tunisia has bet on the African market as a promising destination for a number of export sectors Minister of Trade Amor Behi said at an economic forum on boosting export to the African market held Wednesday in Sfax. The country will officially enter the Lusaka-Zambia Heads of Government Summit in July 2018 in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which has nearly 40 million consumers, he said in a statement. A number of businessmen, exporters, representatives of the professional structures and export and investment support will attend…