Thinking smaller: Why Tunisian olives hold the key to the UK’s post-Brexit trading success

On reaching the Americas in 1519, Hernán Cortés burnt his ships. Pointing up the beach he told his astonished crew that, since retreating to Europe was no longer an option, the only way was forward to the possibilities he anticipated in the New World. Britain now stands on the brink of its Cortés moment. When Article 50 is triggered there will be no way back. Brexit Britain’s success will hinge not on the European union but on our ability to trade freely in markets worldwide, including small ones. They’re harvesting…

Programme to promote Tunisian citrus production

A programme to promote citrus commercialisation on the French, Russian, Algerian and other markets, besides domestic, has been accepted by the GIF (Inter-professionnal fruit group) in partnership with the concerned parties. France is one of Tunisia’s main export markets and it has been decided that a programme aiming at the final consumer, wholesale intermediaries and large retailers should be set up. Therefore, a Maltese orange-tasting stand will be set up at the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris (25th February- 5th March 2017), where over 600,000 visitors are expected. A tasting day…

Bolloré may be heard after Ben Ammar

Milan prosecutors may soon summon Vivendi chief Vivent Bolloré on the French media giant’s bid for Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset group, sources said after the mediator of the failed Mediaset Premium deal, Tarak Ben Ammar, a board member of Vivendi and Telecom, was questioned for five hours yesterday. Prosecutors are investigating Mediaset’s complaint that Vivendi, which has become Mediaset’s second-biggest shareholder, manipulated the market. Mediaset is controlled by former three-time premier and media magnate Berlusconi and headed by his elder son Pier Silvio Berlusconi. ANSA  

Marine Le Pen criticizes Emmanuel Macron for speaking English

Far-right National Front says the presidential candidate has ‘no respect’ for the French language. France’s far-right National Front party criticized Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate in the upcoming Presidential election, for speaking in English at a conference Tuesday in Berlin. “Presidential candidate Macron goes to Berlin to do a conference in English… poor France!,” Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party wrote on Twitter. Politico

Tunisia’s transition to democracy hit “roadblock”

Tunisia’s transition to democracy since 2011 has hit a “roadblock”, President of the Independent High Authority for the Election (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar said Tuesday. He criticised the delay in holding the first local elections since the uprising. “Tunisia stood out…through its partially successful transition and it is unacceptable that this march toward democracy be cut short,” Chafik Sarsar told the  daily newspaper  “La Presse”. “Everything is blocked…We have missed a date with history,” he said. Sarsar also criticised the parliament’s delay in adopting an electoral law necessary for holding the country’s…

Tunisia: expected growth rate of 3% in 2017 (World Bank Group report)

Tunisia is expected to record a growth rate of 3% in 2017, 3.7% in 2018 and 4% in 2019. Morocco is expected to post a growth rate of 4% and Algeria’s growth is expected to reach 2.9 percent, according to the latest Global Economic Prospects reported released Tuesday by the World Bank Group. According to the same WB forecasts, growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is expected to improve to 3.1% in 2017 against projected global growth of 2.7%, despite the decline in investment. The growth…