Tunisia: food imports rise almost 30%

Tunisia’s trade balance of food products registered a deficit of TND 728.5 million (USD 295 million) in H1, nearly double the amount registered in the same period of last year, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries made available this Tuesday (18) by news agency Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP). The result amounted to 9.7% of the country’s overall deficit in the first six months of 2017. Tunisian exports increased 12% in the period but imports rose even more, 29.8%. Imports totaled TND 2.31 billion (USD 935.5…

United States To End Laptop Ban

After months of speculation and rumors, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has officially lifted its ban on passengers carrying electronics larger than a smartphone onboard airplanes. After government officials visited Saudi Arabian Airlines’ main hub in Jeddah, the TSA announced it no longer will restrict passengers on this last carrier on its ban list. Officials will then visit King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh later this week to confirm compliance there, as well. The news brings an end to a saga that started in March when the Department of Homeland Security officially…

Paestum Tourism Bourse launches cooperation with Tunis

The organizers of the Mediterranean Bourse of Archaeological Tourism in Paestum travelled to Tunisia to work with a group of experts on the development of agreements on cultural cooperation with the North African country. The director of BMTA, Ugo Picarelli, met in Tunisia with the minister of tourism and craft, Selma Elloum Rekik, and the minister of cultural affairs, Mohamed Zine al Abidine, at the invite of Tunisian ambassador to Italy, Moez Sinaoui: at the center of talks were possible cooperation initiatives with the Bourse that every year in Paestum…

China calls for political settlement in Libyan crisis

China is willing to make joint efforts with regional partners to seek a political settlement in the Libyan crisis, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday. Wang made the remarks after talks with visiting Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui. Libya’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should be respected and maintained, Wang said. “China is committed to a political settlement of the crisis,” said Wang, identifying that Libya’s future should be held by its people and all parties in Libya should resolve disagreement through dialogue and negotiation. Wang emphasized the necessity…

Civil Society gets a say at EU-Africa Forum

Tunisia has just hosted the Africa-EU Civil Society Forum, as part of a strategy both continents agreed on in 2007. The aim is to boost cooperation in ways that bring citizens direct benefits. And civil society gets a say – that’s particularly true in Tunisia. “We know Tunisian civil society played an important role in the democratic transition,” Iyad Dahmani, Tunisian Minister for relations with parliament, told Euronews. “Today the government continues to work hard to support civil society. We believe that the choice Tunisia made reinforces the image of a…