Tunisia, Morocco decide to reject ‘colonial’ French in favour of English

Tunisian activists have launched a campaign to demand that French is renounced as the second language in the country and replaced with English. Activists who launched the Hashtag #NotoFrenchyestoEnglish believe English is more widely used in science, technological development and research. The campaign was launched in Morocco in March before moving to Tunisia. Former Tunisian Minister of Education, Neji Jalloul, had previously said he was seeking to add English as well as Portuguese and Chinese as subjects in the third year of primary school without giving up French. In a…

UN World Food Program taps blockchain startup for school lunch tracking in Tunisia

The United Nations World Food Program is leveraging a blockchain technology startup to track school lunches in Tunisia, so that each child is fed. The blockchain startup, Devery, is working with the UN World Food Program, along with the Tunisian Ministry of Education to implement a blockchain-based tracking system for its school meals program. Through this three-way partnership, the initial roll out will feed 1,500 primary school kids, with the goal of ultimately rolling out to the scheme to all 400,000 Tunisian school children currently receiving food assistance. Maria Lukyanova “This project is allowing…

Ghana to host conference on Domestic Revenue Mobilisation

The Ministry of Finance (MoF), the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are jointly organising a conference on, “Moving Beyond Aid: Domestic Revenue Mobilisation for G-20 Compact with Africa (CWA) countries. The two-day conference which will be held from 4th to 5th April in Accra will bring together senior government officials, representatives of revenue agencies from eight countries namely, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia. A joint press statement issued by the organisers said development partners, experts and representatives of…

Tunisia’s Dinar Must Weaken Further to Boost Economy, IMF Says

-Nation’s currency depreciated 19% against the euro last year -Economy is still struggling seven years after Arab Sprin Tunisia’s dinar must weaken further this year if the North African country is to boost exports and revive an economy battered by political upheaval since its 2011 uprising, the International Monetary Fund said.  “I don’t think that we need to see a big downward movement to equilibrium, I think we are not too far from it,” Björn Rother, the IMF’s Tunisia mission chief, said in a telephone interview. “I also don’t think we need…