EU and Tunisia agree to boost civil protection & disaster management cooperation

the European Commission signed Monday an administrative arrangement with Tunisia to boost ties in civil protection and disaster risk management. The document, signed at this year’s European Civil Protection Forum in Brussels, outlines key areas of cooperation on disaster prevention, preparedness, and response on issues such as forest fires, floods, and search and rescue missions. The signature of this arrangement is an important step in the reinforcement of the EU-Tunisia Privileged Partnership. On the occasion, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “Global challenges such as natural disasters require joint…

Information Day: “Horizon 2020 Programme” (Gafsa, 6th March 2018)

Since its association with the Horizon 2020 Programme (EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation) in 2016, Tunisia is multiplying its efforts to improve the participation of its institutions in this Programme. To this purpose, a special Programme Management Unit Research and Innovation (PMURI), acting as Directorate-General, was created by decree n. 2016-955 at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR). As part of its mission, an Information Day covering Horizon 2020 funding opportunities is held on 6th March 2018. The event brings together researchers from national leading…

Tunisia unveils 2nd locally-manufactured patrol boat

Tunisia unveiled its second locally-manufactured patrol boat on Monday in the eastern port city of Sfax. The vessel was built by SCIN, a local shipbuilding company, under the supervision of Tunisian army officers and engineers. According to SCIN general manager Wasim Qawbaa, the patrol boat is 27 meters in length and is capable of travelling at speeds of up to 25 knots per hour. “The cost of building the ship domestically was 40 percent less than if it had been purchased from a foreign manufacturer,” Qawbaa said. The Tunisian navy commissioned its…

Tunisia central bank raises interest rates to reduce high inflation

The Central Bank of Tunisia raised its key interest rate to 5.75 percent from 5.0 percent on Monday to deal with  inflation that has hit the highest level since 1990. The increase of the interest rate is the first under new central bank governor Marwan El Abbasi, who pledged last month after his appointment was approved by parliament to take “extraordinary measures” to end an economic crisis and bring down inflation. Tunisia’s annual inflation rate rose to 7.1 percent in February from 6.9 percent in January, its highest reading for…