DMO Tunis Carthage: A New Tourism Star in the Mediterranean

DMO Tunis Carthage is an ambitious project, supported by innovative governance and a strong commitment from local stakeholders, with the aim of making the region a key tourist destination in the Mediterranean The prestigious Ennejma Ezzahra Palace in Sidi Bou Saïd played host to the official launch of ‘Destination Tunis Carthage’ on May 21, 2024. This iconic monument, formerly the home of Baron d’Erlanger, is not only an architectural symbol of Sidi Bou Saïd but also a major cultural centre for the region. The event marked the creation of the…

El Battan stud farm to be restored and integrated into tourist and cultural circuit

El Battan stud farm in the Manouba governorate, known as El Kechla (the old barracks), is to be restored and integrated into a tourist and cultural circuit as part of the ‘Ciné Trip Tunisia’ film route initiative, stressed Mohamed Moez Belhassine, Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts, at the opening of the El Battan chechia festival on Saturday. Launched by the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the aim of this initiative is to publicise the filming locations of famous international films and thus…

26 medals for Tunisian olive oil at New York International Olive Oil Competition

Packaged Tunisian olive oil has once again earned international recognition, winning 26 new medals including 12 gold and 14 silver at the New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC 2024), the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy reported on Monday. In addition, Tunisian olive oil won 30 medals at the Scandinavian International Olive Oil Competition (SIOOC) held in Copenhagen, Denmark, taking first place. Greece came second, followed by Spain (3rd) and Italy (4th). Raouf Chouket, President of GIOOC (the leading international extra-virgin olive oil competition), told TAP that the medals…

Nesri Festival in Zaghouan celebrates local culture and customs

Photo credit goes to AbdelMajid Thabet The rosehip (Nesri) Festival in Zagouan, Tunisia, has a rich and deep history going back many years. This traditional event celebrates local culture and customs, highlighting the rosehip as a symbol of fertility and happiness. The locals gather to perpetuate this age-old tradition every year and put on an unforgettable show for visitors. The Ennesri Festival in Zagouan was launched several decades ago to preserve the region’s cultural heritage. Initiated by a group of passionate locals, this festive event quickly became a not-to-be-missed event…

751 migrant crossing attempts halted from January to April

The Tunisian Coast Guard said it intercepted and blocked 751 attempts of irregular departures from its coast in the first four months of 2024. From the beginning of the year to April 30, the Tunisian Coast Guard blocked 751 attempted operations by migrants to depart from its coasts off the sea area of Sfax. The Direction of the Tunisian National Coast Guard shared this information in a press release on May 12, adding that during the same period, 21,545 migrants were rescued at sea, marking an increase compared to the…

600 MW Italy-Tunisia power link gets ministerial approval

A 600 MW power interconnector linking Italy and Tunisia is scheduled for completion in 2028 after receiving approval from the Italian energy ministry, the country’s TSO Terna said on Wednesday (MontelNews) Terna and Tunisian counterpart Steg planned to invest EUR 850m in the 220km Elmed link, the first power interconnector between Europe and North Africa, the former added in a statement, MontelNews reports. This infrastructure “will allow Italy, by virtue of its strategic geographic position, to strengthen its role as an electricity hub in Europe and the Mediterranean, becoming an…

Tunisia Investment Forum 2024: European roadshow to attract investors

A promotional roadshow for the 21st edition of the “Tunisia Investment Forum”, scheduled for June 12 and 13, 2024 in Tunis, was launched from May 08 to 15, 2024, with European decision-makers and investors in Munich, Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Lyon and Rome. These meetings, led by the Minister of Economy and Planning, Feriel Ouerghi Sebaï, and the Managing Director of FIPA-Tunisia, Jalel Tebib, aim to present to decision-makers, heads of sectoral organizations, business leaders and investors the various economic reforms and efforts undertaken by Tunisia to further improve the investment…

UTICA hosts Water Expo Tunisia on May 8 and 9

Tunisia is one of the countries most affected by drought and water stress. The water situation in Tunisia is very critical, given that the stock of dams has not exceeded 31%, the lowest level even compared to 2017, the driest year. The International Exhibition of Water Activities and Technologies (Water Expo), organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries and in partnership with the Center for Water Research and Technology (CERTE) on May 8 and 9, 2024 at the UTICA headquarters, is an excellent opportunity…

Major Ahlem Douzi of Tunisia wins United Nations Trailblazer Award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers

 The United Nations Department of Peace Operations has announced that Major Ahlem Douzi, who serves as a justice officer with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) received the second United Nations Trailblazer Award for Women Justice and Corrections Officers. The award was presented on Tuesday, 7 May at UNHQ in New York by the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Courtenay Rattray. Speakers also included Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous. Major Ahlem Douzi currently…

Tunisia Receives $1.2-bn Loan From Islamic Finance Group

The Saudi-based International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) will lend $1.2 billion to debt-ridden Tunisia to help state-owned enterprises import raw materials, the Tunisian Economy Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The loan, repayable over three years, will enable Tunisian state-owned enterprises to help cover the cost of imports such as “crude oil and petroleum products”, the statement said. The loan agreement, which will be repaid over three years, was signed in Riyadh on Sunday by Tunisian Economy Minister Feryel Ouerghi and Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of ITFC, which…