SFD Delivers 270 Housing Units in Tunisia

Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Chief Executive Officer Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Marshad, along with Minister of Public Works and Housing Sarah Zaafrani, have recently provided 270 housing units in Zaghouan, Tunisia. The Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Saqr, and Zaghouan Governor Mohammed Al-Ash were also present during the ceremony. The housing units are part of the first phase of the Riyadh housing project, which aims to provide 4,715 housing units in various regions of Tunisia. The SFD is financing the project through a development soft loan worth…

Prolonged drought and record temperatures have critical impact in the Mediterranean

Severe and prolonged drought events have affected Europe for more than two years and northern Africa for six years, causing water shortages and hampering vegetation growth. Today the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) publishes its report Drought in the Mediterranean – January 2024 on the persisting droughts and their impact across the wider region. Long-lasting, above-average temperatures, warm spells and poor precipitation have led to severe drought conditions in the Mediterranean region, affecting numerous areas across southern Italy, southern Spain, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. In the midst of winter, the ongoing drought…

Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves fall after eurobond repaid

Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves fell on Monday by the equivalent of two weeks’ imports after the country repaid a foreign debt of 850 million euros ($915.28 million), according to central bank figures. This month, Tunisia’s parliament approved a government request for direct central bank financing worth 7 billion dinars ($2.25 billion), with the aim of repaying urgent foreign debts, including 850 million euros due on February 16. The central bank said on its website on Monday that foreign currency reserves had fallen to 23.058 billion dinars ($7.37 billion) by February…

The fate of the Palestinian people is one of tears and death

Netanyahu has once again seized the opportunity to carry out his brutal attacks on the displaced and defenceless Palestinians under the skies of the city of Rafah (the last security zone), which has been transformed into a closed military zone and the scene of Israeli military operations. The disastrous and painful situation in which the Palestinians find themselves in this new devastated city shows us their tragic and disastrous long-term fate. What can we say to the displaced Palestinians, crammed into Rafah, who remain alive, waiting to be frightened away…

Tunisian migrants who reached Italy down 4.5% in 2023

The number of migrants with Tunisian nationality reaching Italy in 2023 slightly decreased from the previous year, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) reported. A new report from the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) found that “17,322 irregular migrants” with Tunisian nationality reached Italy’s coasts in 2023, “including over 4,000 minors.” The data was released as part of FTDES’ annual report on protests, irregular migration, suicide rates, suicide attempts and violence, on February 13. Islam Gharbi, a member of FTDES’ department on migration, stressed…

Twelve African countries represented in Libreville for Capacity Building Programme

Representatives of 12 African countries are in Libreville, Gabon, to participate in the first multilateral session of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)’s Capacity Building Programme. Organised in partnership with the Government of Gabon, the three-day training session is centred around leveraging Expos as a tool for public diplomacy, economic development and shaping the future. This session gathers government officials and Expo Commissioners-General of 12 countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, São Tomé and Principe, Togo, and Tunisia. The training session…

“Career of journalist at TAP News agency and League of Arab States” by Mohamed Mamoun Abbassi

The Career of a Journalist at Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) News Agency and the League of Arab States”, a book written by Mohamed Mamoun Abbassi, former journalist and editor-in-chief of TAP News Agency, was recently published by Berg Publishing House. In this book, the author recalls his career path, over a third of a century (1974-2007) at Tunis Afrique Presse News Agency, in addition to 10 years of assignment to the Arab League, during the period when the Arab League’s headquarters were transferred from Cairo to Tunis (1979-1990). Abbassi considered…

99 illegal immigration attempts thwarted in Tunisia in one week

99 attempts by illegal immigrants to cross the Mediterranean to Italy were thwarted in Tunisia in one week, the Tunisian National Guard said on Monday. The Tunisian coastguard foiled these illegal immigration attempts off the country’s coast and rescued 2,469 illegal immigrants between 28 January and 3 February, the National Guard said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. Among the illegal immigrants rescued were 2,064 people of various African nationalities and 405 Tunisian nationals, the statement added. TunisianMonitorOnline

5th Mediterranean Water Forum held in Tunisia

The fifth Mediterranean Water Forum opened on Monday in Tunis, TAP reported. Placed under the theme “Together for shared water sobriety”, this three-day forum aims to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of know-how and experience in the field of water management in the Mediterranean, while addressing the region’s current challenges, notably climate change. The forum also aims to provide a platform for Mediterranean countries and organisations to express their views, focusing on local needs and identifying best practices and technologies to address the region’s water security challenges. The event seeks…

The extreme suffering of the brave and patient Palestinian people

The horror of the Israeli genocide against defenceless Palestinian people during 122 days is something truly indescribable and very sorrowful. History does not witness such atrocities. The footage of people everywhere running and screaming, between shards of broken glass, building debris and traces of blood, is painful for all humanity even for some Jews within Israel and in the Diaspora, condemning Israel’s war on Gaza and expressing their solidarity with the people of the blockaded enclave. Even though it is the most Barbaric war in history, Palestinian people will rebuild…