Tunisians vote Sunday in the early presidential elections

Tunisians go to polling stations on Sunday for the early presidential elections. Some 7.88 million registered voters, 49% of them women, are expected to vote in polling stations in the early elections following the death of President Béji Caïd Essebsi. 33% of eligible voters are young people between the ages of 18 and 35. 13,000 civil society observers will monitor the election, including 450 foreigners. The Independent High Electoral Authority (ISIE) also granted more than 80,000 accreditations to representatives of political parties. 1,800 journalists, including 300 foreign journalists, cover the…

Export volume down 4% in 8 months of 2019

The volume of exports (constant prices) fell by 4% in the first eight months of 2019, compared to an increase of 4.6% in the same period in 2018, the National Statistics Institute (NSI) reports. The decline in export volumes in the first eight months of 2019 affected several sectors, including agriculture and agri-food (18.8%), textiles, clothing and leather (4.2%) and mechanical and electrical industries (2.1%), the same source revealed. In contrast, the volume of exports in the energy sector increased by 1.4% and that of other manufacturing industries by 4.4%.…

2019 Presidential Polls: Election campaign ends Friday at midnight

Launched on September 2, the election campaign for the early presidential election ends Friday at midnight. Saturday, September 14, is an election day of silence, while Tunisians are invited to vote one day later. In this election by universal suffrage, the President must obtain an absolute majority of votes to be elected in the first round. Otherwise, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will be opposed in a second round, the date of which is not known. Abroad, voting for the presidential election began on Thursday at…

Tunisians uncertain ahead of Sunday’s vote

The first round of the presidential election will take place on Sunday, September 15 and a second-round is scheduled in the coming weeks if no candidate obtains an absolute majority. The first round of Sunday’s elections is considered essential to ensure Tunisia’s young democracy in the economic turmoil. With more than seven million Tunisians registered to vote in Sunday’s elections, the turnout could be slightly higher than in 2014, when the country held its first democratic presidential elections. For the first time in the region, presidential candidates participated in a…

Tunisia wins UNWTO’s Tourism Video Competition for Africa

Tunisia won the Tourism Video Competition for Africa at the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly held from September 9 to 13 in St. Petersburg, Russia, data published by the Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts revealed. Winners from other regions include Mexico for the Americas, India for South Asia and the Pacific, Greece and Portugal for Europe and Egypt for the Middle East. Tunisia, on Tuesday, won a seat in the Executive Council of UNWTO for four years. TunisianMonitorOnline

Thomas Cook predicts travel trends for 2020: bookings to Tunisia up more than double year-on-year

Family sales to Tunisia are up 50% for this winter In recent years, holidays to North Africa have crept up the holiday hotlist and this summer, family bookings to Tunisia were up more than double year-on-year. The non-Euro destination offers good value for money, family-friendly expeditions and soft white sands, plus a year-round Mediterranean climate, says a report published by Thomas Cook Group. Family sales to Tunisia are up 50% for this winter versus the same time last year and looking ahead to next summer, Tunisia shows no sign of…

Seat for Tunisia in UNWTO Executive Council

A seat has been officially awarded to Tunisia on Tuesday by the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) for four years, at the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, on September 9-13. Six countries including Tunisia will represent the African Continent until 2023, out of the 11 African candidate countries, This seat will help Tunisia participate in the decision-making and development of the future strategies of the organisation, which will allow it to promote national tourism. The 23rd session of the UNWTO General…

Net foreign reserves reach 17,769 MD, 100 days of import as of September 9 (BCT)

Net foreign exchange reserves reached, Monday, September 9, 2019, for the first time in over two years, nearly 17,769 million dinars (MD), i.e. the equivalent of 100 days of import, according to data published by Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT).  Last year during the same period, foreign currency reserves were just under 11,009 MD, the equivalent of 70 days of imports. Tunisia’s foreign exchange reached 3 digits on Monday, exceeding the “recommended minimum security threshold” set at 90 days of import. Cumulative tourism receipts reached 3,933.5 MD according to the…

Mashrou3i project initiative for olive oil platform in Beja closes in Ben Ismail family reserve

The Mashrou3i project initiative to set up an olive oil platform in Beja ended on Saturday, September 7 in Toukaber in the Ben Ismail family reserve, bringing together nearly 30 actors from the olive oil sector (farmers, oil mill operators, SMSAs, bank and support structure representatives) to present the results of the collaboration initiated last February. This action is part of the activities of the Mashrou3i Programme to support farmers in the region, highlighting the need to bring together the stakeholders concerned to promote the value chain for olive oil.…

Tunisia’s hopefuls at TV debate, a Tunisian premiere

Few days before the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, Tunisia on Saturday initiated a historical political event over three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a Tunisian premiere. The political debate of the 26 hopefuls over three sessions, who will compete to show the highlight of their campaigns, is a key milestone in Tunisian contemporary history in politics ahead of the poll due for September 15, 2019. “The road to Carthage: Tunisia makes its choice”, is a programme that was broadcast on the national public TV channel along…