Jewish pilgrimage in Ghriba sees dwindling numbers amid Covid-19 fear

The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on Tunisia’s Djerba island started on Monday, but without the usual crowds due to Covid-19 restrictions. The pilgrimage to Ghriba – the oldest synagogue in Africa – takes place from April 25 to May 2 for the island’s Jewish community and the few faithful able to make the trip from abroad. Last year it was cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year it is taking place – albeit with pilgrims praying individually and wearing face masks. Beginning 33 days after the…

Maritime line between Libya and Tunisia reopened

The Libyan – Tunisian Economic Cooperation Council announced the opening of a maritime line between the two countries soon. The Council announced on Social Media that the Executive Director of the Libyan-Tunisian Economic Cooperation Council, Saber Baqra, voiced the willingness of a group of Libyan and Tunisian businessmen to work to improve Tunisian-Libyan trade ties and establish joint investment projects during his meeting with the Tunisian Minister of Transport and Logistics Moez Chakchouk. After the necessary procedures and arrangements on the Tunisian side were completed, the Director of the Council…

Tunisia asks IMF for finance programme

Tunisia has asked the International Monetary Fund for a new financing programme, an IMF letter seen by Reuters shows, and is preparing to start talks with the fund. Tunisian officials said Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi will travel to Washington on May 3 to hold talks with IMF officials Reuters reports. The Tunisian government agreed on an economic reform package with powerful labour union UGTT at the end of last month that tackles subsidies, taxes and state firms, and which was seen as opening the way for an agreement with the…

Nader Masmoudi elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Mathematician Nader Masmoudi was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Born in 1974 in Sfax, Nader Masmoudi was the first and only mathematician to win a gold medal for his country at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1992. After obtaining his baccalaureate, he continued his studies in France. In 1999, he obtained a PhD in mathematics on asymptotic problems in fluid mechanics. After his studies, Nader Masmoudi pursued a scientific career at the Cermade unit of Paris-Dauphine before moving to New…

UK calls for young Tunisian perspectives on climate change on Earth Day

On the occasion of Earth Day, the British Embassy in Tunis organised a virtual session on climate challenges in Tunisia ahead of COP26, with the participation of UK Ambassador to Tunisia Edward Oakden, COP26 Regional Ambassador, Janet Rogan, COP26 negotiator at the Tunisian Ministry of environment, Mohamed Zmerli and Eco heroes Winner, Fatma Amri.  Fatma Amri is from Gabes, reportedly the most polluted region in Tunisia. Her ECOGAB project promotes bicycle use over car use to minimize emissions. It also encourages young people to recycle by delivering training sessions on…

Tunisia: Migration awareness campaign ‘Esshih’ launched

An awareness campaign called Esshih was officially launched in Tunisia on April 8 to provide information on the risks posed by irregular migration to youths who could potentially undertake such a journey, to their families and to society as a whole. The campaign also aims to publicize possible alternatives in Tunisia to emigration or regular pathways to move abroad. The campaign was promoted by the Tunisian national observatory on migrations (ONM), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Tunisian diaspora association in Italy, Pontes. Esshih, which…

Cairo International Film Festival unveils dates for it’s 43rd edition

The management of the Cairo International Film Festival announces that it will hold its 43rd edition from Dec 1st to Dec 10th 2021.  The closing ceremony is to be held on December 9th, followed by a screening of the prize-winning films the following day (Dec 10th).  Festival president Mohamed Hefzy stated that “The festival’s programming team and management are thrilled by the challenge that this upcoming edition offers, and we are eager to present a diverse and rich lineup of films and a selection worthy of the festival’s audience that…

‘Emirati-Tunisian Business Council’ discuss cooperation, investments

 The “Emirati-Tunisian Business Council” discussed ways of strengthening the bilateral ties between the private sectors of the UAE and Tunisia, as well as ways of reinforcing the relations between investors and business sectors from the two countries, the Emirates News Agency reports. Humaid Mohamed Ben Salem, Secretary-General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), who headed the Emirati delegation at the meeting, said that there are abundant investment and cooperation opportunities in the UAE and Tunisia, urging the meeting’s participants to intensify the trade exchange between…

Undocumented migrants: how to break the overall solution deadlock?

The issue of the undocumented migrants from Tunisia and Libya, remains a burden and a serious problem for both Tunisia and European countries. Although the efforts striven by relevant authorities from both sides to curb the effect of this scourge, the situation went up to the worst by the increase of the number of Tunisians and other nationalities landing in Italy which prompt the Italian-EU delegation to hold talks constantly with senior Tunisian officials. The latest was between Tunisian President Kais Saied and European President Charles Michel at Carthage Palace. …

Fares Landoulsi stars“Wled El Ghoul” for Ramadan

Tunisian actor and star Fares Landoulsi took part in the Tunisian drama “Wled El Ghoul” by Director Mourad Ben Cheikh. This new drama, due to premiere in Ramadan 2021, will mark Fares Landoulsi’s first appearance in a Ramadan drama, following his overwhelming success in Netflix’s Messiah series in 2020. Directed by Mourad Ben Cheikh and written by Rafika Boujday, the 30-episode “Wled El Ghoul” is a social drama that retraces the different aspects of the lives of several characters, their daily paradoxes and conflicts as their paths intersect. The story…